The Relationship Between Sociosexuality and Aspects of Body Image in Men and Women: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

Rammsayer, Thomas H.; Troche, Stefan J. (2013). The Relationship Between Sociosexuality and Aspects of Body Image in Men and Women: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(7), pp. 1173-1179. Springer US; http://www.springer-ny.com 10.1007/s10508-013-0114-0

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The present study investigated the association between individual differences in sociosexual orientation and four aspects of body image in 156 male and 136 female students. While men were characterized by a less restricted sociosexual orientation, higher self-perceived physical attractiveness, and more pronounced self-rated physical assertiveness, women placed more emphasis on accentuation of body presentation. Structural equation modeling revealed significant positive relationships between sociosexual attitudes and physical attractiveness and accentuation of body presentation as well as between sociosexual behavior and physical attractiveness for the total sample. When introducing sex as a grouping variable, the attitudinal and behavioral components of sociosexuality were reliably related to both physical attractiveness and accentuation of body presentation as two aspects of body image in men, but not in women. Furthermore, our findings suggest that accentuation of body presentation represents a goal-directed behavior in men to increase the likelihood of having uncommitted sex but serves additional functions widely unrelated to unrestrictive sociosexual behavior in women.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Rammsayer, Thomas and Troche, Stefan

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0004-0002

Publisher:

Springer US; http://www.springer-ny.com

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Dubler

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2014 17:28

Last Modified:

08 Mar 2019 08:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10508-013-0114-0

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44336

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44336

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