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Swedish women´s self-esteem, body dissatisfaction and health
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Self-reported mental health problems have increased dramatically among young female high school (Swedish: gymnasium) and university students in Sweden since the 1990’s. The reasons for this increase are mostly unknown but self-esteem and body image might be important factors behind this problem. The aim of this study was to test whether self-esteem and body dissatisfaction predict health. All correlation directions were in accordance with previous studies on the subject. There was no age group difference in levels of self-esteem, body dissatisfaction or health among the women. Multiple regression analysis revealed that global self-esteem was the strongest single predictor of health. These results give support for the importance of global self-esteem for subjective health. This should be considered in future studies and in the battle against the development of depression, anxiety and eating disorders among women.

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2011. , 20 p.
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Women´s health, self-esteem, appearance, body dissatisfaction, psychological well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-58684OAI: diva2:421373
2011-06-07, U14, Frescati Hagväg 8, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-14 Created: 2011-06-08 Last updated: 2011-06-14Bibliographically approved

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