Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., McCabe, M., Skouteris, H., Richardson, B., Nihill, K., Watson, B. & Solomon, D. (2015). Does body satisfaction influence self-esteem in adolescents' daily lives? An experience sampling study. Journal of adolescence,45 11-19. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.08.009
This study examined, within the context of the Contingencies of Self-Worth model, state-based associations between self-esteem and body satisfaction using the experience sampling method. One hundred and forty-four adolescent girls (mean age = 14.28 years) completed up to 6 assessments per day for one week using Palm Digital Assistants, in addition to baseline measures of trait body satisfaction and self-esteem. Results showed considerable variation in both state-based constructs within days, and evidence of effects of body satisfaction on self-esteem, but not vice versa. Although these state-based associations were small in size and weakened as the time lag between assessments increased for the sample as a whole, individual differences in the magnitude of these effects were observed and predicted by trait self-esteem and body satisfaction. Collectively, these findings offer support for key tenets of the Contingencies of Self-Worth model.
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