Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Kinesiology


Kinesiology and Health Science

First Advisor

Dr. Eric Jones

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Faries

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarah Savoy

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Dustin Joubert


Purpose: The present study examined the relationships between body image flexibility, body image dissatisfaction, body image evaluation, and specific coping factors based on the WEIGHTCOPE measure. Body image flexibility was also examined as a mediator of the relationship between body image dissatisfaction and weight-related coping factors in women. Methods: An online link of the survey (Qualtrics Research Software Program) was distributed through social media and word of mouth to women of all body shapes and sizes (N= 267). The survey included the BICS as a measure of body image dissatisfaction, the MBSR (AE) as a measure of body image evaluation, the BI-AAQ as a measure of body image flexibility, and the WEIGHTCOPE as a measure of weight-related coping. Findings: Results supported that body image dissatisfaction had significant relationships with particular coping factors as well as body image flexibility. Once determining these relationships, the mediation analysis supported the idea that body image flexibility had a role in the relationships between body image dissatisfaction and suggested negative weight related coping responses. Conclusions: The findings suggest the need to integrate interventions based on body image flexibility. Mindfulness based techniques address body image flexibility and can be utilized in treating body image dissatisfaction in women to help decrease negative coping behaviors.

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