Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Social.




It was the purpose of the current study to examine the relationship between sexual experience and attitudes, and both perceptual and affective measures of body image in male and female noneating-disordered university students. Previous findings (Mable, 1985) were supported in that women tended to overestimate their body size, whereas men tended to underestimate their body size. Women and men differed significantly in their body image dissatisfaction, with women reporting greater dissatisfaction than men. With respect to university student sexuality, approximately 14% of women and 12% of men reported virgin status, which appears to be almost 20% lower than previous research suggests (e.g. Barrett, 1980). Women did not differ from men in their sexual behaviour, but did differ in their thoughts and feelings about sex. A significant relationship was found between body image distortion and dissatisfaction, and sexual esteem, suggesting that those with positive feelings towards sexuality are more likely to feel positive about their bodies, and perceive their bodies more accurately. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .K447. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0467. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.