Five-factor personality correlates of perceptions of women's body sizes

Swami, V. and Buchanan, T. and Furnham, A. and Tovee, M.J. (2008) Five-factor personality correlates of perceptions of women's body sizes. Personality and Individual Differences, 45 (7). pp. 697-699. ISSN 0191-8869

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This study examined the association between observers' personalities and body size perceptions. In total, 1119 participants from an international sample completed a five-factor personality inventory and the female Photographic Figure Rating Scale (PFRS). Results showed that Openness to Experience was correlated with the idealisation of a heavier body size among women, as well as the perception of a wider range of body sizes as attractive among both women and men. In addition, Agreeableness was associated with the perception of a wider range of body sizes as attractive among men. Personality factors explained only a small proportion of the variance in body size perceptions, although present results were consistent with a previous proposal on the role played by observers' personalities in attractiveness judgements.

Keywords:Physical attractiveness, Five-factor model, Personality, Body size
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:06 Jul 2017 08:57

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