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The impact of breast scarring on perceptions of attractiveness - An experimental study

Ogden, J and Lindridge, L (2008) The impact of breast scarring on perceptions of attractiveness - An experimental study Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (3). pp. 303-310.

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This study explored whether breast scarring following a lumpectomy generated negative judgements using an experimental between subjects factorial design. Eight images of women varying in terms of breast scarring (present vs. absent), beauty (average vs. high) and celebrity (as a proxy for familiarity; present vs. absent) were rated by 232 participants. The results showed that scarring resulted in lower ratings of attractiveness and self esteem and higher ratings of femininity. Scarred celebrities were judged as particularly unattractive. Women's assumption that they will be judged more harshly following breast cancer surgery maybe reflected in the actual ratings of others.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Date : 1 April 2008
Identification Number : 10.1177/1359105307088132
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Sciences, Psychology, Clinical, Psychology, attractiveness, breast cancer, disfigurement, scarring, BODY-IMAGE, CANCER, BEAUTIFUL, OUTCOMES, SURGERY, GENDER
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Additional Information : Published in Journal of Health Psychology 13(3), 2008. Copyright 2008 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Jan 2013 17:15
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:45

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