Steven Schandler, David Frederick
Attachment style and personality are powerfully related to a person’s patterns of thoughts, interests, and behaviors. Surprisingly, there is little research on the links between these psychological factors and body dissatisfaction. We hypothesized that anxious attachment style and neuroticism would be linked to greater body dissatisfaction in women.
Methods: Adult women reported their overall satisfaction with their weight, muscle tone, and appearance using validated, one-item measures. Participants also completed measures of attachment style and personality type.
Results: Consistent with the hypotheses, people who were more neurotic and with more insecure-attachment styles reported higher body dissatisfaction.
Discussion: This study highlights the potential importance of attachment style and personality in predicting body dissatisfaction. This research suggests the importance of examining whether body image satisfaction among people higher in neuroticism and anxious attachment style is more readily influenced by peer pressures, rejection on the dating market, and negative appearance-related teasing.
Khosravi, Milad and Frederick, David, "Personality Types and Attachment Styles Underlying Body Dissatisfaction" (2015). Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters. 140.