Objectified body consciousness, body image control in photos, and problematic social networking: the role of appearance control beliefs

Boursier, V., Gioia, F. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. Objectified body consciousness, body image control in photos, and problematic social networking: the role of appearance control beliefs. Frontiers in Psychology, 11: 147. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

At present, adolescents' photo-taking and photo-sharing on social media represent ubiquitous practices and objectified body consciousness (OBC) might offer a useful framework to explore online self-presentation and social networking site (SNS) use. Indeed, SNS might represent a highly accessible medium for socializing with self-objectification. However, the relationship between OBC components and problematic SNS use is still understudied. The present study evaluated the previously unexplored predictive role of appearance control beliefs on problematic SNS use, testing the mediating effect of body image control in photos (BICP) across male and female groups. A total of 693 adolescents (55% females; mean age 16 years) participated in the study. Results showed the negatively predictive role of appearance control beliefs on control over body image in photos. Moreover, BICP mediated the appearance control beliefs' negative effect on problematic SNS use in girls. The present study tested the unexplored effect of appearance control beliefs upon problematic SNS use, contributing to the OBC research field and the ongoing debate concerning predictive and protective factors in problematic SNS use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Boursier, V., Gioia, F. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Date: 2020
Volume: 11
ISSN: 1664-1078
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00147DOI
1296620Other
Rights: Copyright © 2020 Boursier, Gioia and Griffiths. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Feb 2020 10:37
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 10:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39273

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