International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Beautiful skin hides all faults - Effects of body satisfaction on self-esteem and shyness in Japanese female youths

Minako Ohmura*
  • Minako Ohmura*
  • Graduate School of Psychology, Rissho University, 1-3-3-103 Okamoto Setagaya-ku Tokyo-to157-0076, Japan.
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Yayoi Kojima
  • Yayoi Kojima
  • Department of Human culture, Faculty of Human, Saitama Gakuen University, 1510 Kizoro Kawaguchi-shi Saitama-ken333-0831, Japan.
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Yojiro Nakata
  • Yojiro Nakata
  • Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Rissho University, 4-2-16 Osaki Shinagawa-ku Tokyo-to141-0032, Japan.
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Yoko Sawamiya
  • Yoko Sawamiya
  • Faculty of Human Sciences University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennoudai Tsukuba-shiIbaraki-ken305-0006, Japan.
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  •  Received: 09 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 25 February 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015

Abstract

This study examined the influence of satisfaction from each body part in Japanese female youths on self-esteem and shyness. We hypothesized that body satisfaction in each body part has influence on shyness (social anxiety, social passivity) through self-esteem; and examined the hypothesis using path analysis. As a result, only the body satisfaction of "skin" has been shown to affect shyness and self-esteem. We conclude that body satisfaction especially in "Skin" has important influences on self-esteem and shyness in female youths.

Key words: Body satisfaction, self-esteem, shyness, social anxiety, social passivity.