Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Jarry, Josee (Psychology)

Keywords

Clinical psychology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Psychological maltreatment has been shown to be the most prevalent form of childhood maltreatment and has been shown to have a greater association with body dissatisfaction than other forms of maltreatment. The mechanisms that affect the association between psychological maltreatment and body dissatisfaction are unclear; however, research examining attachment security (model-of-self, model-of-other) and perceived social support suggest these constructs as possible mediators. The current study aimed to determine if the model-of-self and model-of-other, and perceived social support mediate the association between psychological maltreatment and body dissatisfaction using structural equation modelling. Two-hundred and seventy-eight female undergraduates completed a set of randomized on-line questionnaires. The model-of-self was found to mediate the association between psychological maltreatment and body dissatisfaction. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

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