Five-factor personality correlates of perceptions of women's body sizes

Viren Swami*, Tom Buchanan, Adrian Furnham, Martin J. Tovée

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Abstract

This study examined the association between observers' personalities and body size perceptions. In total, 1119 participants from an international sample completed a five-factor personality inventory and the female Photographic Figure Rating Scale (PFRS). Results showed that Openness to Experience was correlated with the idealisation of a heavier body size among women, as well as the perception of a wider range of body sizes as attractive among both women and men. In addition, Agreeableness was associated with the perception of a wider range of body sizes as attractive among men. Personality factors explained only a small proportion of the variance in body size perceptions, although present results were consistent with a previous proposal on the role played by observers' personalities in attractiveness judgements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-699
Number of pages3
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume45
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

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