Emotion dysregulation moderates the link between perfectionism and dysmorphic appearance concern

Mitchell L. Cunningham*, Scott Griffiths, Andrew Baillie, Stuart B. Murray

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    Past research has revealed a relationship of perfectionism with dysmorphic appearance concern (DAC). Little research, however, has examined moderators of this relationship, including among men, whose appearance concerns are underresearched compared with women. Emotion regulation is one potential moderator that may be particularly compromised among men. Thus, the aim of the present study was to examine the role of emotion dysregulation in the relationship of perfectionism with DAC among men. Participants were 106 undergraduate men who completed an online survey that included questions about DAC, difficulties in emotion regulation, perfectionism, and depressive symptoms. Results showed that increased emotional awareness and low impulse control were associated with DAC. Moreover, difficulties in emotion regulation moderated the relationship between perfectionism and DAC. Implications of the present findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-68
    Number of pages10
    JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


    • dysmorphic appearance concern
    • body image
    • emotion regulation
    • perfectionism
    • masculinity


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