Self-esteem mediates the relationship between connectedness to nature and body appreciation in women, but not men

Swami, Viren and von Nordheim, Laura and Barron, David (2016) Self-esteem mediates the relationship between connectedness to nature and body appreciation in women, but not men. Body Image, 16. pp. 41-44. ISSN 1873-6807

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.11.001

Abstract

Connectedness to nature (i.e., an affective and experiential connection to nature) is known to have a positive effect on psychological well-being, but its specific associations with body image have not been fully examined. To attend to this oversight, we conducted a preliminary investigation of associations between connectedness to nature and body appreciation. A total of 380 British adults completed measures of connectedness to nature, body appreciation, and self-esteem. Bivariate correlations revealed significant positive associations between all variables in women. In men, body appreciation was significantly correlated with self-esteem, but not connectedness to nature. Mediation analysis showed that, in women, self-esteem fully mediated the relationship between connectedness to nature and body appreciation. In men, body appreciation was significantly associated with self-esteem, but not connectedness to nature. These results point to a potential route for improving body image among women through connectedness to nature and self-esteem, but further research is necessary.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: body appreciation, connectedness to nature, self-esteem, nature
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:12
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/599278

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