Developing a model linking self-reported nature exposure and positive body image: A study protocol for the body image in nature survey (BINS)

Viren Swami, Ulrich S Tran, Stefan Stieger, Martin Voracek

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Abstract

Exposure to natural environments has been shown to be associated with more positive body image, but much of the existing research is limited to Western European nations and little is known about the robustness of these associations in other national contexts. In this protocol paper, we present a conceptual model of the direct and indirect associations (i.e., via self-compassion, connectedness to nature, and restorative experiences in nature) between nature exposure and body appreciation. This model brings together conceptualisations from existing research, but also extends it in a number of important ways. The model will be tested through the Body Image in Nature Survey (BINS), a researcher-crowdsourced project involving researchers in multiple nations worldwide. Data collection began in December 2020 and is expected to be completed in February 2022. Data will be analysed to examine the extent to which our conceptual model is robust across nations, as well as other sociodemographic characteristics. We will also determine the extent to which key variables included in our survey are invariant across nations and associated with cultural, socioeconomic, and gender-related factors. The BINS will likely have important implications for the development of nature-based interventions to promote healthier body appreciation in diverse national contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-57
Number of pages8
JournalBody Image
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Body Image/psychology
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Self Concept
  • Self Report
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

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