Good nudes and bad nudes: How naturism, casual stripping, and sexting predict social physique anxiety and body appreciation

West, Keon and Kukawska, Eliza. 2022. Good nudes and bad nudes: How naturism, casual stripping, and sexting predict social physique anxiety and body appreciation. Sexuality & Culture, 26(6), pp. 2151-2170. ISSN 1095-5143 [Article]

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Prior research suggests that naturism leads to less social physique anxiety and more positive body image, but that other forms of public nudity (e.g., casual stripping, sexting) may be harmful, particularly for women. Two cross-sectional studies built on those previous findings. Study 1 (N1 = 6670) found a positive relationship between generalised nude activity and body appreciation which was not moderated by gender. Study 2 (N2 = 331) found that both naturism and casual stripping predicted more body appreciation, a relationship mediated by less social physique anxiety. Again, these relationships were not moderated by gender. In contrast, sexting did not predict body appreciation and predicted more social physique anxiety, but only in men. These findings highlight that some types of nudity may be more beneficial or harmful than others, and that future research and policy should specify the type of nudity under consideration in order to maximise positive effects.

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public nudity; naturism; sexting; casual stripping; body image; body appreciation

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3 July 2022Accepted
5 August 2022Published Online
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04 Jul 2022 15:23

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