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| Published: December 26, 2018

Social Physique Anxiety, Self-esteem and Depression among College going Students: A Gender Comparison

Banani Basistha ,

PhD Scholar, Department of Psychology, Gauhati University; Assistant Professor, Department of Education & Psychology, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM. Google Scholar More about the auther

Maria Choudhury ,

PhD Scholar, Department of Psychology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India Google Scholar More about the auther

Nilesh Maruti Gujar ,

PhD Scholar, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, LGBRIMH, Tezpur, Assam, India Google Scholar More about the auther

Arif Ali

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, LGBRIMH, Tezpur, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.102/20180604

DOI: 10.25215/0604.102

ABSTRACT

The purpose of the current study was to examine the gender difference in social physique anxiety, self- esteem, and depression among college going undergraduate students (Male=50, Female=50) ranging from 18 to 21 years. The present study was a cross-section study. The research design in the present study was explorative in nature. Participants were randomly selected for the study. Social physique anxiety, Beck’s depression inventory (BDI-II), and Rosenberg self-esteem scales were administered. A significant gender difference was not found in social physique anxiety. However, mean score suggested that female students (Mean 32.10, SD=6.43) perceived slightly more social physique anxiety than the male student (Mean =31.27, SD=5.514). In self-esteem, the significant gender difference was not found in self- esteem between both groups.  An independent samples test indicated that the scores on self-esteem were significantly higher in male (M=18.82, SD= 5.02) than female respondents (M=17.72, SD=4.62), t= 1.139, p= 0.258. A significant gender difference in depression was found between both the groups. Female respondents (M=19.06, SD=10.56) have slightly higher score in depression than male respondents (M=17.72, SD= 4.62), with a t value of -2.604 and p= 0.011. Social physique anxiety has a negative correlation with self-esteem (r=-.077) and positive correlation with Depression (r= .035). Similarly, self –esteem was negatively correlated with social physique anxiety (r=-.077) and has a significant positive correlation with depression (r=-.377). Depression is also found positively correlated with social physique anxiety (r=0.35) and has a negative significant correlation with self-esteem (r=.377). There is a need for providing psychological care among college going students to deal with social physique anxiety and other mental health issues.
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Banani Basistha @ bananibasistha6@gmail.com

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ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.102/20180604

DOI: 10.25215/0604.102

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Published in   Volume 06, Issue 4, October-December, 2018

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