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Title: Body image and college women’s quality of life: The importance of being self-compassionate
Authors: Duarte, Cristiana 
Ferreira, Cláudia 
Trindade, Inês A 
Pinto-Gouveia, José 
Keywords: Adolescent; Adult; Body Image; Female; Humans; Quality of Life; Students; Universities; Young Adult; Personal Satisfaction; Self Concept
Issue Date: 2015
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Health Psychology
Volume: 20
Issue: 6
Abstract: This study explored self-compassion as a mediator between body dissatisfaction, social comparison based on body image and quality of life in 662 female college students. Path analysis revealed that while controlling for body mass index, self-compassion mediated the impact of body dissatisfaction and unfavourable social comparisons on psychological quality of life. The path model accounted for 33 per cent of psychological quality of life variance. Findings highlight the importance of self-compassion as a mechanism that may operate on the association between negative body image evaluations and young women's quality of life.
Rights: openAccess
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