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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SANTE, Ana Beatriz  and  PASIAN, Sonia Regina. Body image and personality traits of women seeking aesthetic plastic surgery. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.3, pp. 429-437. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722011000300003.

Internal motivations associated with the increasing search for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (APS) have been previously investigated without conclusive results. Our objective was to investigate personality traits and body image satisfaction of women seeking APS by individual evaluation of 37 women interested in breast augmentation (mammoplasty) and/or liposuction (Group 1), and 41 women not seeking APS (Group 2). It was applied the Body Image Satisfaction Scale (BISS) and Comrey Personality Scales (CPS). Statistical analysis (Student t-test, p < .05) has shown significant difference between groups for Factor 1 (satisfaction with self appearance) of BISS as well as for CPS T (Confidence vs. Defensive Attitude) and M (Mascu-linity vs. Femininity) scales. It suggests that women in G1 are less satisfied with their body image, have increased defensive attitude and greater affective sensibility.

Keywords : Plastic Surgery; Aesthetic; Personality; Body Image; Women.

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