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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa

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BARBOSA, Maria Raquel; MATOS, Paula Mena  and  COSTA, Maria Emília. Attachments and body image: an exploratory model. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.3, pp. 273-282. ISSN 0102-3772.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722011000300002.

The present study explored the differential effects of the principal development contexts (attachment to parents and peers) on the way in which adolescents experience their bodies. Six hundred and ninety adolescents and young adults (242 male and 448 female) participated in this study, with ages varying between 15 and 23 years (M = 17,8 and SD= 2,00). The results of the prediction model revealed that gender and romantic attachment were the variables that showed the strongest effect on the variation in body image. A mediation effect was observed among attachment to parents and body image through romantic and friendship relationships. The results highlight the need of understanding body experience in an interpersonal context.

Keywords : body image; attachment; adolescence; predictive model.

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