Does parental socioeconomic background influence body image and attachment style among university students? Evidence from a European cross-sectional study. Current Psychology.

Inger Glavind Bo, Annette Quinto Romani, Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Maria Piedade Brandão , Frantisek Sudzina

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Abstract

The main focus of this study is to investigate how body image and attachment style among university students are related. We approach these different student types on a cross sectional dataset including 898 university students from Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Croatia and Czechoslovakia. Based on the combination of the Body Esteem Scale (BES) and the Attachment Style Scale (WASQ) we create four types: "double jeopardy students", "well-balanced students", "nurturing solitude students" and "social mirroring students". The "double jeopardy students" are students with low social attachment and a high dislike of their body; "well-balanced students" are students with high social attachment and a low dislike of their body; "nurturing solitude students" are students with low social attachment and a low dislike of their body and "social mirroring students" are students with high social attachment and a high dislike of their body.
Based on this combination of body image and social attachment we investigate how these four student types are related to three different dimensions: parental characteristics, northern versus southern countries and different field of study.
Translated title of the contributionUniversitets studerendes kropsopfattelse og tilknytningsstil
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Psychology
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
ISSN1046-1310
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

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