Sexual body esteem and mindfulness in college women

Body Image. 2009 Sep;6(4):326-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.07.003. Epub 2009 Aug 19.


Literature suggests that many young women hold negative perceptions of their sexual bodies and facial features. This may be related to deficits in mindfulness, manifested by rigid and automatic thoughts, feelings, and behavior about one's sexual body. The present study examined the relationships between the five factors of mindfulness measured by the Five Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) and sexual body esteem, measured by the Sexual Attractiveness subscale of the Body Esteem Scale (BES) in 79 college women. A multiple regression was performed to examine the relationship between sexual body esteem and the factors of mindfulness. The Observing and Describing subscales were significantly and positively predictive of sexual body esteem while Non-reactivity to Inner Experience was significantly and negatively predictive of sexual body esteem. This relationship may have implications for future research and clinical practice.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attention*
  • Body Image*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Concept*
  • Students
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities
  • Young Adult