Body image, self-esteem, and weight-related criticism from romantic partners

Christie Befort, Megan Foley Nicpon, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius, Laura Huser, Elva Hull-Blanks, Sonja Sollenberger

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Weight-related criticism from romantic partners and the importance of the romantic relationship were examined in relation to the body image and self-esteem for 116 college freshmen women. Participants completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1979), the Objectified Body Consciousness Scale (McKinley & Hyde, 1996), the Weight and Appearance Visual Analogue Scale (Heinberg & Thompson, 1995), the Contour Drawing Rating Scale (Thompson & Gray, 1995), a measure of weight-related criticism from romantic partners (St. Peter, 1997), and a measure of relationship importance. Consistent with the literature, self-esteem and body image were significantly related. Criticism and partner importance accounted for a small amount of the variance in body image. Partner importance also predicted the self-esteem of these young women, whereas criticism did not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-419
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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