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Adolescent girls’ cosmetic surgery consideration, parental appearance pressure, and materialism

Författare och institution:
Jonas Burén (Psykologiska institutionen); Carolina Lunde (Psykologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
The 13th Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS), Trollhättan, 15-17 June,
Konferensbidrag, poster
Sammanfattning (abstract):
During the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed each year. Minimally invasive procedures, for example Botox and filler injections, have also increased markedly. Consequently, several international researchers have argued that there has been a shift toward a more liberal attitude to cosmetic surgery and especially among young people. Despite these trends, very few studies have examined the views that young people have of cosmetic surgery, their acceptance of changing the body by cosmetic surgery, or the predictors of cosmetic surgery consideration. In an ongoing study, we wish to shed light on some of these issues by examining attitudes toward cosmetic surgery, and the potential predictors of cosmetic surgery acceptance among young women. A total of 1148 adolescent girls, age 13-18, were recruited through the Internet. An online questionnaire, comprising questions about (for example) media and Internet use, self-esteem, body image, parental appearance pressure, cosmetic surgery, and materialistic values, was distributed. Analyses showed that 1/5 indicated that they might pursue cosmetic surgery in the future, and 1/3 stated that they would do cosmetic surgery if they got a procedure for free. The participants were generally in support of the notion of cosmetic surgery as an acceptable way to overcome poor self- or body-esteem. Analyses also showed that greater parental appearance pressure was associated with materialistic values. Both of these variables (parental appearance pressure and materialistic values) were significant predictors of adolescent girls cosmetic surgery acceptance, as well as of cosmetic surgery consideration. The above findings may be situated in both a developmental psychology- and sociocultural perspective.
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2016-06-17 15:25

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