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Stapleton, P., & Gergis, O. (2015). An investigation of relationship satisfaction on resilience and body image. The International Journal of Healing and Caring, 15(2), 1-12.

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The aim of this study was to explore the association between relationship satisfaction and low body image. The current research also investigated whether body image dissatisfaction (BID) was affected by ethnic diversity. Past research has examined many factors which are highly related to BID; however, there is a paucity of research investigating relationship satisfaction, resilience, and body image as interrelated factors. A community sample consisting of male and female participants (N = 169) classified as “in a relationship” completed an online survey. A hierarchical multiple regression analysis demonstrated, consistent with expectations, that resilience was a predictor of relationship satisfaction and body image. A mediation analysis revealed a bidirectional relationship between relationship satisfaction and body image, not mediated by resilience. Implications to this study are discussed in regards to couples’ therapy and interventions for body image and resilience.



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