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Correlates of body depilation: an exploratory study into the health implications of body hair reduction and removal among college-aged men.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of men's health
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
3
Pages
217–225
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1557988313506460
PMID: 24128670
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Body Depilation
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Body Hair
  • Masculinity
  • Men’S Health
  • Muscularity

Abstract

Recent studies suggest that body hair may be of increasing importance in men's overall body image. Body depilation is a relatively new area of clinical and research inquiry among men with much of the documented evidence of the phenomenon split between mass media accounts and descriptive scientific investigations. This study was undertaken to further our understanding of this behavior by examining the relationship between depilation and other dimensions of body image in a nonclinical sample. A total of 364 men completed measures assessing self-reported hair growth, body depilation, drive for muscularity, gender role conflict, body dysmorphia, and social comparison. The correlates of body depilation included a drive for muscularity, gender role conflict, and physical appearance social comparison. Significant differences were identified among men who depilate, compared with those who do not, on measures of social comparison and a drive for muscularity. These findings lend support for the idea that body hair, and its reduction or removal, is a key aspect of men's body image that translates into some challenges in assessment and prevention among health care practitioners.

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