Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/227284
Title: THE ROLE OF APPEARANCE-BASED REJECTION SENSITIVITY AND RACE-BASED REJECTION SENSITIVITY IN BODY DYSMORPHIC SYMPTOMS
Authors: MONIKA BALAYA
Keywords: body dysmorphic disorder
appearance-based rejection sensitivity
race-based rejection sensitivity
racial minority
racial majority
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2022
Citation: MONIKA BALAYA (2022-04-08). THE ROLE OF APPEARANCE-BASED REJECTION SENSITIVITY AND RACE-BASED REJECTION SENSITIVITY IN BODY DYSMORPHIC SYMPTOMS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Rejection sensitivity (RS) is implicated in the development of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), as it could explain the positive association between past interpersonal trauma and BDD symptoms. The literature largely excludes the effects of specific forms of RS on BDD symptoms, and is based primarily in Western contexts. The present study extends current literature by investigating the associations between two forms of RS, appearance-based RS (RS-appearance) and race-based RS (RS-race), and BDD symptoms in a sample of 267 university students in Singapore. RS-race was novelly investigated in its influence on BDD symptoms. Indian and Malay minority participants reported higher RS-race compared to their Chinese majority counterparts. Both RS-appearance and RS-race were positively associated with BDD symptoms. RS-appearance predicted BDD symptoms when controlling for depressive symptoms, race, and RS-race. RS-race also predicted BDD symptoms when controlling for depressive symptoms, race, gender, and RS-appearance. These findings demonstrate the key roles that RS-appearance and RS-race might play in understanding BDD development. Implications such as addressing RS-appearance and RS-race in interventions for BDD, as well as the importance of racial sensitivity during treatment are discussed. Directions for future research are also elaborated upon.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/227284
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