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Everybody loves beauty? The moderated effect of body attractiveness among young Koreans

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Issue Date
2018-07-30
Publisher
Springer Open
Citation
Fashion and Textiles, 5(1):16
Keywords
Appearance-contingent self-worthBeauty-is-good stereotypeBody attractivenessGenderSlimnessTallness
Abstract
Physical attractiveness affects peoples lives in numerous ways. This study examined the effect of a womans body attractiveness on favorability perception based on the beauty-is-good stereotype in the context of South Korea. Body attractiveness was operationalized using tallness in Study 1 and slimness in Study 2. The two studies tested the effect of a womans body attractiveness with the consideration of participants gender and the dependence of participants self-worth on their appearance. A general linear model with a 2 (target womans bodily attractiveness: high vs. low) × 2 (participants gender: female vs. male) design and participants appearance-contingent self-worth as a continuous predictor was performed. Results of these studies indicated that participants gender and appearance-contingent self-worth moderated the positive effect of body attractiveness on favorability perception; specifically, this effect was supported by men with high appearance-contingent self-worth and women with low appearance-contingent self-worth. Interestingly, women with high appearance-contingent self-worth showed opposite effect of body attractiveness on favorability perception in Study 2. These findings extend the effect of the beauty-is-good stereotype to bodily aspects and address the interaction between participants gender and appearance-contingent self-worth. Discussions on tallness and slimness are provided.
ISSN
2198-0802
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/143522
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40691-018-0130-8
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College of Human Ecology (생활과학대학)Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (의류학과)Journal Papers (저널논문_의류학과)
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