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Psychological and sociocultural influences on body image among midlife women with and without a history of breast cancer: Testing the Tripartite Influence Model of Body Image

Lewis-Smith, Helena; Diedrichs, Phillippa Claire; Bond, Rod; Harcourt, Diana

Authors

Rod Bond



Abstract

Body image concerns are common among breast cancer survivors and women in midlife. However, effective interventions are lacking for breast cancer survivors. This may be related to prior research having examined non-modifiable and medicalised influences on body image, instead of modifiable sociocultural and psychological influences. An adaptation of the ‘Tripartite Influence Model of Body Image’ was tested among women with (n = 169; mean age = 49.9) and without (n = 323; mean age = 47.6) a history of breast cancer, to investigate whether psychological and sociocultural influences on body image were similar between groups. Structural equation modelling revealed the model fit was satisfactory. Media pressure had an indirect effect on body image among both groups, and a direct effect among women treated for breast cancer. An additional influence of relevance only to women without breast cancer was pressure from friends. Overall, findings indicate common influences of media pressure and appearance comparisons on body image among both groups of women. This suggests that with some tailoring, existing evidence-based body image interventions designed for midlife women targeting these factors may also be relevant and beneficial for breast cancer survivors.

Citation

Lewis-Smith, H., Diedrichs, P. C., Bond, R., & Harcourt, D. (2020). Psychological and sociocultural influences on body image among midlife women with and without a history of breast cancer: Testing the Tripartite Influence Model of Body Image. Body Image, 35, 114-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.08.011

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 24, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2020
Publication Date Dec 1, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2022
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Pages 114-125
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.08.011
Keywords Applied Psychology; General Psychology; Social Psychology
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6734458
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Psychological and sociocultural influences on body image among midlife women with and without a history of breast cancer: Testing the Tripartite Influence Model of Body Image; Journal Title: Body Image; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.08.011; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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