پذیرش عمل جراحی زیبایی: توسعه ای با مقیاس و اعتبار سنجی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|35693||2005||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7583 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Body Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2005, Pages 137–149
We conducted a set of four studies with a total of 1288 adult and undergraduate women and men to develop the Acceptance of Cosmetic Surgery Scale. These studies provide evidence of this scale's reliability, as well as convergent and discriminant validity. Initial explorations using this 15-item scale indicate that acceptance of cosmetic surgery is negatively related to satisfaction with physical appearance and positively related to attitudes about make-up use. The acceptance of cosmetic surgery may be more related to fears about becoming unattractive than to hopes of becoming more attractive. Cosmetic surgery attitudes were positively related to age for women but not for men. The study's limitations and implications are discussed.
Cosmetic surgery procedures have been performed at dramatically increased rates in recent years (Rohrich, 2003). The most recent available figures (which are conservative since they account only for surgeries conducted by members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS) indicate that cosmetic medical procedures continue to increase in popularity (ASPS, 2004). ASPS members conducted a total of 1,781,191 elective surgical procedures and 7,012,752 minimally invasive procedures (e.g., Botox injections, chemical peels, etc.) during 2003. Certain procedures, such as eyelid surgery, liposuction, rhinoplasty, chemical peels, and dermabrasion, are especially popular, and some procedures have become much more so in recent years. For example, ASPS statistics reveal that buttock lifts increased by 78%, tummy tucks by 61%, and Botox injections by 267%, between the years of 2000 and 2003. As noted by Sarwer et al., 2003a and Sarwer et al., 2003b, numerous factors may be contributing to this increase in popularity, including advances in surgical procedures, lower costs and higher disposable income of patients, and increased emphasis on physical appearance. Moreover, individuals are increasingly exposed to the possibility of cosmetic surgery through their social networks. Media coverage of cosmetic surgery is now commonplace, as advertisements promise enhanced attractiveness, magazines tout the latest developments in surgical procedures, and television reality shows celebrate physical makeovers. Psychological research on cosmetic surgery has focused on patients’ expectations and satisfaction regarding surgical outcomes (e.g., Cash, Duel, & Perkins, 2002; Ching, Thoma, McCabe, & Antony, 2003; Sarwer, Wadden, & Whitaker, 2002); however little is known about attitudes regarding cosmetic surgery more generally. Questions about cosmetic surgery attitudes among the general population, the degree to which they are changing over time, and the factors related to such attitudes, remain largely unexplored. In this paper, we present the development of the Acceptance of Cosmetic Surgery Scale (ACSS), a reliable three factor instrument that will allow researchers to more readily pursue such questions. We also begin the process of exploring the relationship between acceptance of cosmetic surgery and experiences of the body (e.g., body-esteem) and the self (e.g., possible selves). One obvious way to measure attitudes about cosmetic surgery is simply to ask someone whether they would consider having cosmetic surgery. This certainly taps one dimension of people's acceptance of cosmetic surgery as a route to physical attractiveness; however, it is entirely possible to be accepting of cosmetic surgery and yet have no interest in utilizing it oneself. Thus, in order to assess attitudes beyond this important, but limited, dimension, we set out to develop a measure that would also capture the degree to which individuals accept cosmetic surgery for people in general, based on the motivation for having it done. We focused on two sources of motivation, and sought to measure acceptance of cosmetic surgery for social reasons and for intrapersonal reasons. Cash, 1985 and Cash, 2002; Cash & Fleming, 2002) has contended that two perspectives might be taken in the psychology of physical appearance: the individual's subjective experience of appearance, and the view of persons as social objects. Furthermore, he argued that cosmetics and grooming practices are used in the management of both self-image and social impressions (Cash, 1987 and Cash, 1988). Similarly, we propose that both of these perspectives are important in the way people view cosmetic surgery practices. Certainly, in regard to social motives, it is abundantly clear that people's self-conceptions are shaped by social norms and expectations associated with a particular time and place. Mead (1934) argued that it is almost inconceivable that a person could develop a sense of self outside of the social milieu; and, physical attractiveness is an important thread in the social fabric of contemporary Western society. To the extent that people are exposed to messages about the importance of attractiveness, they should be more concerned with their own appearance and, perhaps, more open to using the various means through which cultural standards can be achieved (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). For example, there is some evidence suggesting that as the number of diet and exercise advertisements in women's magazines has increased, there has been a corresponding rise in eating disorders (Wiseman, Gray, Mosimann, & Ahren, 1992). With regard to cosmetic surgery, Sarwer et al., 2003a and Sarwer et al., 2003b found that women who were considering breast augmentation surgery reported a greater rate of appearance-related teasing than did women who were not seeking surgery. Morgan (1991) has argued that the pressure to strive for physical perfection is becoming so severe for women, in particular, that eventually women who refuse to submit to procedures such as cosmetic surgery will be seen as deviant. Attitudes toward cosmetic surgery may also be influenced by intrapersonal factors. According to Haiken (1997), the idea that people consider cosmetic surgery because of a deep sense of personal inadequacy regarding their appearance has its roots in the work of Alfred Adler. The introduction of Adler's concept of the inferiority complex into mainstream American society in the 1920s allowed surgeons — as well as the general public — to reconstruct the prevailing view of cosmetic surgery. Instead of epitomizing the vanity of individuals, cosmetic surgery came to be viewed as something that enabled the individual to repair a damaged self-concept. Thus, over time, cosmetic surgery has come to be seen as a tool to be employed in the attempt to maintain or enhance self-esteem. This perspective has some validity; it is certainly the case that people are motivated to maintain and enhance their self-esteem (see Kunda, 1990, for a review). Various researchers have found that women report wanting cosmetic surgery in order to satisfy internal needs. For example, Davis (1995) argued that many of the women in her sample who had had cosmetic surgery stated that they were motivated to do so more by internal feelings and desires (however, see Nisbett & Wilson, 1977, regarding the veracity of self-reports).1 Similarly, Didie and Sarwer (2003) found that women who were considering breast augmentation surgery were more likely to endorse intrapersonal reasons (i.e., to feel more attractive or proportional) than social reasons (i.e., to improve dating or marital relations). Although it is probably impossible to completely disentangle these two broad motives, evidence from people seeking cosmetic surgery indicates that intrapsychic concerns (e.g., wanting to feel better about oneself) and social concerns (e.g., wanting to be less self-conscious around others, or to look younger for social or business reasons) both figure in the desire to have cosmetic surgery (e.g., Davis, 1995; Pruzinsky & Edgerton, 1990). Thus, in addition to assessing the degree to which individuals would consider having cosmetic surgery, we also assessed how much this interest was informed by intrapersonal and interpersonal motives. Recently Sarwer et al. (2005) examined cosmetic surgery attitudes among undergraduate women, and considered the relationships among these attitudes, experience with cosmetic surgery, and several constructs related to body image. For the purpose of their study they produced an eight-item Cosmetic Surgery Attitudes Questionnaire (CSAQ) designed to tap general attitudes about cosmetic surgery. Sarwer et al. report good internal consistency and some evidence of validity. For example, they found positive relationships among cosmetic surgery attitudes and variables such as appearance orientation and the influence of visual media on body image. This initial foray into cosmetic surgery attitudes helps to move the literature on cosmetic surgery attitudes away from a strictly clinical perspective focused primarily on the psychological responses to surgery, and toward a clearer understanding of how the general population feels about surgical routes to appearance enhancement. It also helps to establish the relationship among cosmetic surgery attitudes and appearance-related psychological phenomena. In the current paper, we present the development of a psychometrically sound instrument and provide strong evidence of reliability, and discriminant as well as convergent validity. To develop the ACSS we utilized samples that included both women and men, as well as people from across a wide span of ages. The ACSS also differs from the CSAQ in that it was designed to measure three distinct elements of cosmetic surgery attitudes: the degree to which an individual would consider having cosmetic surgery; acceptance of cosmetic surgery based on social motivation; and, acceptance of cosmetic surgery based on intrapersonal motivation.