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Body dissatisfaction and psychological well-being in pregnancy


Findings from previous research indicate that pregnant women can experience high levels of body dissatisfaction and that greater body dissatisfaction is associated with lower levels of psychological well-being. Therefore, this study will explore whether pregnant women have greater body dissatisfaction (weight/shape concerns and weight control measures), depression, and anxiety than non-pregnant women. We also will explore if body dissatisfaction predicts anxiety and depression for pregnant women and if this is moderated by parity (i.e., number of previous births).