Self-compassion mediates the relationship between COVID-19-related stress and body image disturbance: Evidence from the United Kingdom under lockdown

Swami, Viren and Todd, Jennifer and Robinson, Charlotte and Furnham, Adrian (2021) Self-compassion mediates the relationship between COVID-19-related stress and body image disturbance: Evidence from the United Kingdom under lockdown. Personality and Individual Differences, 183. p. 111130. ISSN 0191-8869

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.111130

Abstract

The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and attendant lockdown mandates may have detrimental effects on body image outcomes, which in turn highlights the importance of identifying protective factors. Here, we examined associations between COVID-19-related stress and body image disturbance, as well as the potential mediating and moderating role of self-compassion. During the third lockdown in the United Kingdom, we asked an online sample of adults (N = 600) to complete measures of COVID-19-related stress, body image disturbance, and self-compassion. Mediation analysis showed that higher COVID-19-related stress was significantly associated with greater body image disturbance, and that this relationship was mediated by self-compassion. In contrast, self-compassion did not significantly moderate the effects of stress on body image disturbance. These results suggest that promoting greater self-compassion may be a viable means of mitigating adverse outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic on body image disturbance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Body image disturbance, Self-compassion, Stress, COVID-19, Lockdown
Faculty: COVID-19 Research Collection
Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 14:25
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 10:29
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706728

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