BODY IMAGE COPING STRATEGIES AS MEDIATOR BETWEEN PHYSICAL APPEARANCE-RELATED TEASING AND BODY ESTEEM AMONG ADOLESCENTS


This study was conducted to investigate the mediation effect of coping strategies in the relationship between physical appearance-related teasing and body esteem among adolescents. In total, 363 adolescents (179 males and 184 females) aged 16-year-old participated in the study. Physical Appearance-Related Teasing Scale – Revised, Body Esteem Scale for Adolescents and Adults, and Body Image Coping Strategies Inventory were used to collect quantitative data on respondents’ experiences concerning physical appearance-related teasing, body esteem, and coping strategies about body image. Multiple regression analyses using bootstrapping procedures showed positive rational acceptance partially mediated the relationship between all physical appearance-related teasing dimensions (form of harassment, appearance-related teasing, and physical-related teasing) and body esteem – appearance and attribution, partially mediated the relationship between form of harassment and body esteem – weight, and fully mediated the relationship between appearance and physical-related teasing and body esteem – weight. Appearance fixing were also partially mediated the relationship between form of harassment and appearance-related teasing and body esteem – appearance and fully mediated the relationship between physical-related teasing and body esteem – appearance. Appearance fixing were found to partially mediate the relationship between all physical appearance-related teasing dimensions and body esteem –attr