Self-presentation concerns and health behaviors among cosmetic surgery patients


Journal Article

The present investigation examined the relationship between self-presentational motives and physical activity in a population of cosmetic surgery participants. Participants were 50 female and 5 male cosmetic surgery patients (CSPs; Mage = 38.5 years) who completed a battery of self-report measures following either vein or acne treatment. Analyses revealed significant group differences on self-presentational concern and public self-consciousness between: (a) those who elected the treatment for appearance motives and those who elected treatment for health-based motives, and (b) the more frequent (3 or more times per week) and less frequent (2 or less times per week) exercisers. Greater self-presentational concerns and greater public self-consciousness were associated with having appearance-related motives for treatment and with being a less frequent exerciser.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Culos-Reed, SN; Brawley, LR; Martin, KA; Leary, MR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 560 - 569

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9029

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2002.tb00230.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus