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The relation of body image guilt, shame, behavioral self-blame, and characterological self-blame to depression in children and adolescents

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dc.contributor.advisor Cole, David A.
dc.contributor.author Kumar, Ekta
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-31T17:09:50Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-31T17:09:50Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4715
dc.description.abstract This study examines the relation between adolescent depression, shame/characterological self-blame, and body image. It addresses the question: Do adolescents’ attributions and feelings about their body image make them more prone to depression? We hypothesized that shame and characterological self-blame make adolescents more prone to depression than adolescents engaging in guilt and behavioral self-blame. We also hypothesized that younger children and adolescents would differ in the degree to which shame/characterological self-blame relate to their body images. We are also exploring whether or not there is a gender difference in children engaging in body image shame or characterological self-blame. We evaluated 243 fourth graders and ninth graders concerning their feelings about body image, guilt/shame, behavioral/characterological self-blame, and depression. Body image guilt/shame and BSB/CSB displayed convergent and discriminant validity. Body image shame and CSB predicted depression above and beyond the conventional measures of shame and CSB. The interaction of sex and body image guilt/shame and CSB/BSB measures did not affect depression. There was weak support, however, for a gender effect on levels of body image guilt/shame and body image BSB/CSB. Also, older children had lower scores on some guilt, CSB, and BSB subscales. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences. The study was supported in part by a grant from the Warren Family Foundation to David A. Cole at Vanderbilt University. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University
dc.subject.lcsh Depression en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Body image in children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Body image in adolescence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Guilt in adolescence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Guilt in children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shame in children en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shame in adolescence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Depression in adolescence en_US
dc.title The relation of body image guilt, shame, behavioral self-blame, and characterological self-blame to depression in children and adolescents en_US
dc.title.alternative Body image self-blame en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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