Document Type

Social Sciences


Body image is a mental representation of the self that evolves across the lifespan and is a critical component of the psychological-developmental process of adolescence. An individual’s attitudinal and perceptual dimensions of this construct are formulated, in part, from intrapersonal factors such as self-efficacy, self-esteem, affect, attachment orientation, and childhood abuse history. The Big Five personality characteristics; agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism, and openness to experience; act as a foundation for the prevalence of these traits. Intrapersonal schemas, such as these, sculpt the visualizations an individual experiences concerning their physical self, with regards to both the accuracy of interpretation and the level of satisfaction.