#fitspo or #loveyourself? The impact of fitspiration and self-compassion Instagram images on women’s body image, self-compassion, and mood

Slater, A., Varsani, N. and Diedrichs, P. C. (2017) #fitspo or #loveyourself? The impact of fitspiration and self-compassion Instagram images on women’s body image, self-compassion, and mood. Body Image, 22. pp. 87-96. ISSN 1740-1445 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/32084

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This study experimentally examined the impact of exposure to fitspiration images and self-compassion quotes on social media on young women’s body satisfaction, body appreciation, self-compassion, and negative mood. Female undergraduate students (N = 160) were randomly assigned to view either Instagram images of fitspiration, self-compassion quotes, a combination of both, or appearance-neutral images. Results showed no differences between viewing fitspiration images compared to viewing neutral images, except for poorer self-compassion among those who viewed fitspiration images. However, women who viewed self-compassion quotes showed greater body satisfaction, body appreciation, self-compassion, and reduced negative mood compared to women who viewed neutral images. Further, viewing a combination of fitspiration images and self-compassion quotes led to positive outcomes compared to viewing only fitspiration images. Trait levels of thin-ideal internalisation moderated some effects. The findings suggest that self-compassion might offer a novel avenue for attenuating the negative impact of social media on women’s body satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media, fitspiration, self-compassion, Instagram, body image, body appreciation
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr A. Slater
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 15:28
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 04:44
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/32084

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