Physical Self-Perception, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Smoking Behavior
Objective: To examine the relationship of physical self-perceptions, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and smoking status among college-age women.
Methods: A cross-sectional study design was selected to study women (n= 364) who completed a 79-item questionnaire that measured physical self-perceptions and BDD.
Results: BDD items, including fear of weight gain, social avoidance and comparison, along with perceptions of physical health and medical use, predicted smoking behavior.
Conclusions: Negative perceptions of physical health and 3 diagnostic components associated with BDD may moderate smoking cessation attempts and maintain smoking behavior among collegeage women.