Comparing the efficacy of a brief self-esteem and self-compassion intervention for state body dissatisfaction and self-improvement motivation

Moffitt, R, Neumann, D and Williamson, S 2018, 'Comparing the efficacy of a brief self-esteem and self-compassion intervention for state body dissatisfaction and self-improvement motivation', Body Image, vol. 27, pp. 67-76.


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Title Comparing the efficacy of a brief self-esteem and self-compassion intervention for state body dissatisfaction and self-improvement motivation
Author(s) Moffitt, R
Neumann, D
Williamson, S
Year 2018
Journal name Body Image
Volume number 27
Start page 67
End page 76
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract This study explored the efficacy of reflective writing tasks for reducing state body dissatisfaction and improving self-improvement motivation. Participants (N = 153) were exposed to a threatening body image scenario, after which they reported their state body dissatisfaction. Following randomisation to one of three interventions (self-esteem, self-compassion, or positive distraction control), participants completed the state body dissatisfaction measures again along with a measure of self-improvement motivation. At post-intervention, state weight dissatisfaction and appearance dissatisfaction were significantly lower and self-improvement motivation was significantly higher in the self-compassion group than in both the self-esteem and control groups. Trait body dissatisfaction moderated the efficacy of the intervention whereby the benefit of the self-compassion intervention became evident at moderate levels of trait body dissatisfaction, and was most apparent at high levels of body dissatisfaction. Self-compassion was a robust and efficacious method through which to promote immediate improvements to bodily feelings and desire to self-improve.
Subject Educational Psychology
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Keyword(s) Body dissatisfaction
Motivation
Self-compassion
Self-esteem
Self-improvement
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.008
Copyright notice © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1740-1445
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