22.07.2019 | Original Paper
Comparison of the self-esteem between the applicants and non-applicants of cosmetic surgery
European Journal of Plastic Surgery
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In some studies, psychological factors such as low self-esteem have been reported to be effective in making decision to undergo cosmetic surgery. So, this study was aimed to investigate the relationship between self-esteem and decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.
In this descriptive-analytical study, the participants were selected by convenience sampling. They included 100 cosmetic surgery applicants who referred to the specialized surgical centers in Kermanshah-Iran during 3 months. The control group also included 100 participants who were selected based on similar demographic features, including age, gender, marital status, occupation, and education from among non-applicants. The Coppersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (CSEI) was used to measure the self-esteem of the participants in both groups. The data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
There was no significant difference between the self-esteem scores in both cosmetic surgery applicants and non-applicants. In addition, the findings showed a significant relationship between self-esteem and marital status of cosmetic surgery applicants (P = 0.02), and there was a significant relationship between self-esteem and occupation in non-applicants (P < 0.001). There was no significant relationship between self-esteem and other demographic features.
It seems that self-esteem has no significant effect on the decision to have cosmetic surgery. Further, there was a relationship between self-esteem and some variables such as marital status in cosmetic surgery applicants and occupation in cosmetic surgery non-applicants. Further studies are suggested to be done on a larger sample size.
Level of evidence: Level III, diagnostic study