Conflicted Gender Identity, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating in Adult Men and Women

M Algars, Pekka Santtila, Kenneth Sandnabba

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Abstract

The relation between gender identity and body dissatisfaction as well as disordered eating was examined in a population-based sample of Finnish adults aged 18 to 44 years (N = 1,142). Participants with a conflicted gender identity were compared to controls matched on age and biological sex. Participants with a conflicted gender identity showed higher levels of body dissatisfaction, women with a conflicted gender identity also showed more eating disturbance than controls. Among men with a conflicted gender identity, male-male sexual experience was associated with more body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Among women with a conflicted gender identity, female-female sexual experience was related to less body dissatisfaction. Possible explanations for these findings and the potential clinical implications are discussed.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)118–125
Number of pages8
JournalSex Roles
Volume63
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Body image
  • Disordered eating
  • Gender identity

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