Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


Abstract: The relationship between body image and interpersonal relationships (of all sorts) in college women is not well understood, as the limited number of available studies focus primarily on marital relationships and fail to address cross-cultural differences. Thus, this study sought to determine how body satisfaction levels might differ between ethnicities in college women. Participants completed the Howard Body Image Relationship Quality Inventory (H-BIRQI) which examined body satisfaction, depression, and demographic variables. Participants were 40 women aged 18-29 (M = 20.30, SD = 2.20). Three null hypothesis and three research questions were tested using a One-Way ANOVA and Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient. Results yielded several statistically significant correlations, some of which include the evidence that as body image satisfaction goes down there is a tendency for quality of interpersonal relationship to increase. Additionally, as body satisfaction increases, depression decreases. Future research should include factors that affect relationship quality as well as a larger sample size.