Relationships between Body Image Perception and Body Esteem and Sexual Assertiveness of Female College Students: Comparision of Nursing Students and Non-nursing Students
Keywords:Body image, Body esteem, Sexual Assertiveness, Female college student.
This study aimed to identify the relationships between body image perception and body esteem and sexual
assertiveness of 296 female college students of university in Chungnam province: 150 nursing and 146
non-nursing students. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire from November 1 to
September 10, 2018. The IBM SPSS 20.0 program was used to analyze collected data, including descriptive
statistics, t-test, one way ANOVA (Scheffe test for post-hoc) and Pearson’s correlation. Sexual assertiveness
did not differ between nursing and non-nursing students. In nursing students, the higher the appearnace
esteem, the higher the sexual assertiveness; however, differences in sexual assertiveness according to
body image perception were not significant. In non-nursing students, the higher the appearnace esteem,
attribution esteem, and body weight esteem, the higher the sexual assertiveness, which was also higher
in students who underestimate their body than those who did not. These results indicated that appearance
esteem of female students were related to sexual assertiveness. Therefore, various interventions to increase
the appearance esteem and promote positive perception about their body should be provieded to increase the
sexual assertiveness of female college students.
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