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Recollections of parental appearance pressure and young adults' attitudes towards cosmetic surgery

Författare och institution:
Fanny Gyberg (Psykologiska institutionen); Carolina Lunde (Psykologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Appearance Matters 6, Bristol, UK, 1-2 July,
Konferensbidrag, poster
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Accumulating evidence indicate that young people´s attitudes towards cosmetic surgery have become more liberal during recent years. However, studies focusing on cosmetic surgery attitudes among members of the general population (as opposed to cosmetic surgery patients) are still rare, and we need to learn more about potential influences for the formation of young people’s attitudes towards cosmetic surgery. In this study, we evaluated whether young adults’ (N=327, mean age = 25.4, SD = 7.4) recollections of their parents’ appearance attitudes were related to their own attitudes towards cosmetic surgery. In line with the Tripartite Influence Model, we also evaluated whether body ideal internalization and social comparison mediated the effect of parental appearance pressure on cosmetic surgery attitudes. Somewhat surprisingly, simple path analyses revealed that perceived parental appearance pressure was only related to cosmetic surgery attitudes in men. Social comparison (but not internalization) partly mediated this effect. For women, there were few significant effects, although social comparison predicted stronger endorsement of social motives for having cosmetic surgery. Importantly, parental appearance pressure was related to women’s body ideal internalization, and social comparison tendencies. Thus, we propose that parents may have a significant influence over their children’s attitudes towards cosmetic surgery, but that this influence can take different routes for boys and girls. These findings, and their possible implications, will be further discussed from the perspective of Swedish contemporary society.
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2014-07-06 10:53

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