Satisfaction with Body Image and Peer Relationships for Males and Females in a College Environment

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine body image and relationship satisfaction in male and female college students. A total of 101 males and 187 females, primarily Caucasian and middle class, completed a questionnaire designed to measure satisfaction with specific body parts, overall body characteristics, and relationship status. These variables were examined in light of gender and body size differences. Results indicated that women, especially those under or above average weight, were more dissatisfied with their appearance than were men, whereas men were more dissatisfied with their relationships and sex lives than were women. In addition, those body parts with which each gender was most dissatisfied were consistent with the body parts emphasized through “ideal” images. These results are discussed in relation to gender role dynamics and societal pressures.

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Hoyt, W.D., Kogan, L.R. Satisfaction with Body Image and Peer Relationships for Males and Females in a College Environment. Sex Roles 45, 199–215 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1013501827550

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Keywords

  • Body Size
  • College Student
  • Body Image
  • Body Part
  • Middle Class