Power, self-esteem, and body image

Faculty/Professorship: Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment  
Author(s): Körner, Robert  ; Schütz, Astrid  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2023
Pages: 1-15
Source/Other editions: Social Psychology. (2023), S. 1-15. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000510
is version of: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000510
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000510
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-586233
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.
GND Keywords: Macht; Selbstwertgefühl; Körperbild
Keywords: power, self-esteem, personal sense of power, body height, narcissism, experiment, body appreciation, body satisfaction, objectification theory, Developmental Theory of Embodiment
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CP 2000   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/58623
Release Date: 30. March 2023

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