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VOLUME 14 , ISSUE 1 ( January-June, 2020 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

Comparison of Body Image Dissatisfaction in Postpartum Mothers after Normal and Cesarean Delivery

Sreelatha Pasupuleti, Mulinti Suresh Kumar

Citation Information : Pasupuleti S, Kumar MS. Comparison of Body Image Dissatisfaction in Postpartum Mothers after Normal and Cesarean Delivery. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2020; 14 (1):11-15.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0056

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 28-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Background: Body image disturbances are not limited to young women but occur across all age-groups. Postpartum mothers particularly are more vulnerable to dissatisfaction in body image. Settings and design: This is a cross-sectional observational hospital-based study set in a rural tertiary care center. Materials and methods: Postpartum mothers were approached after their delivery and those who consented were enrolled in the study. Body image dissatisfaction was assessed using the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire-Appearance Scale (MBSRQ-AS) along with Marital Adjustment Test and Socio-cultural Attitudes toward Appearance Questionnaire-3 (SATAQ-3). Self-designed questionnaire to obtain the sociodemographic and clinical variables of the patients was also incorporated. Results: The modified bradykinesia rating scale subscales of appearance evaluation and appearance orientation show less body dissatisfaction in cesarean section postpartum mothers. Body image dissatisfaction was not significantly associated with either the marital satisfaction or the sociocultural influences, including the media as measured by SATAQ-3. Conclusion: The current study contributes to the existing literature of body image disturbances in postpartum mothers. It also highlights the comparison of body image dissatisfaction in cesarean section and normal delivery in the background of existent scant literature in this area of research.

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