Power, self-esteem, and body image
Körner, Robert; Schütz, Astrid (2023): „Power, self-esteem, and body image“. Bamberg: Otto-Friedrich-Universität doi: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000510.
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Social Psychology. (2023), S. 1-15. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000510
We expected power – the perceived capacity to influence others – to be an antecedent of positive body image because power is closely linked to self-esteem, which in turn is linked to body image. In a cross-sectional study (N = 318), sense of power was positively related to body appreciation and satisfaction with one’s appearance. Self-esteem partially mediated this effect. In an experimental study (N = 114), participants assigned to a high-power group indicated more body appreciation, reported more body satisfaction, and estimated themselves to be taller than participants assigned to a low-power group. Self-esteem mediated all the effects. Altogether, power affected body image directly but also indirectly through elevated self-esteem. Implications refer to clinical prevention and intervention programs.
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