Author: Nayab Munawar
Supervisor: Syeda Fatima Hasnain & Rukhsana Kausar, Ph.D
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The relationship among body image, social anxiety and aggression has
been explored in the present study. It was hypothesized that body image,
social anxiety and aggression of adolescents were likely to correlate and
social anxiety would mediate the relationship between body image and
aggression. A sample of 198 intermediate students with an age range of
16-19 years (M = 17.1, SD = 1.0) was taken from different academies of
Lahore. Body image, social anxiety and aggression were measured by
Body Image State Scale (Cash, 2002), Social Interaction Anxiety Scale
(Mattick & Clarke, 1998) and The Aggression Questionnaire (Buss &
Warren, 2000) respectively, along with the demographic questionnaire.
Results of the correlation analysis showed a significant negative
relationship between body image and social anxiety and significant
positive relationship between social anxiety and aggression. Moreover,
results of linear regression indicated that body image as well as social
anxiety predicted aggression in adolescents and outcomes of hierarchical
regression showed that, social anxiety did not mediate the relationship
between body image and aggression. On the other hand,
results of AMOS revealed that social anxiety mediated the relationship
between body image and aggression types; i.e., verbal and indirect
aggression. This study can bring awareness in parents and adolescents that
being overly concerned about physical appearance and social anxiety may
lead to aggression.
Keywords: Body Image, Social Anxiety, Aggression.
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