Marital status, marital satisfaction, and body image dissatisfaction. Journal Article uri icon



  • OBJECTIVE: This study examined whether married individuals have comparable body image disturbance to nonmarried individuals and whether the quality of a marital relationship is significantly related to body image disturbance in a sample of dieters. METHOD: Measures of marital status, marital satisfaction, and body dissatisfaction were administered to a sample of 16,377 subjects who had tried to lose weight at least once within the previous 3 years. RESULTS: Marital status was not associated with increased body dissatisfaction. Marital satisfaction was significantly related to body dissatisfaction when controlling for age, body mass index, self-esteem, and gender. DISCUSSION: Body dissatisfaction occurs at comparable levels among married and single individuals and the study of marital functioning among eating-disordered individuals represents a large gap in the literature.

publication date

  • July 1, 1999

Date in CU Experts

  • October 18, 2013 10:40 AM

Full Author List

  • Friedman MA; Dixon AE; Brownell KD; Whisman MA; Wilfley DE

author count

  • 5

citation count

  • 20

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0276-3478

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-108X

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 81

end page

  • 85


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