Over the past decades many studies have examined the relationship between body esteem and self-esteem. However, researchers have paid limited attention to factors that moderate this relationship. The present field study investigates the moderating effect of age and gender on the relationship between body esteem and self-esteem. Furthermore, this study examines the influence of social comparison on body esteem. Adult men and women (N = 765) filled out a questionnaire. The positive relationship between body esteem and self-esteem was replicated. Age and gender moderated the relationship between body esteem and self-esteem. Social comparison orientation, social comparison direction and gender influenced body esteem.

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Keywords age differences, body image, gender differences, self esteem, social comparison
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/7237
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Bos, A.E.R., Valkenburcht, I.G., Mayer, B.N., Steenhuis, I.H.M., & Derks, D.A.J.A.. (2006). De weerspiegeling van het uiterlijk in het zelf: lichaamswaardering, zelfwaardering en sociale vergelijking. Netherlands journal of psychology, 1–33. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/7237