Structures of the Relationship between Self-Esteem of Appearance and Subjective Well-Being



The purpose of the study is to determine the types of structures of relationships between self-assessments of appearance, its attractiveness, satisfaction, concern about it and self-assessments of subjective well-being (SWB), its components. The structures of the relationship between self-assessments of AP and SWB were revealed when socio-demographic characteristics were included in the factor analysis. The study involved 188 people (65% women) aged 18 to 45 years; 85% of the study participants belong to the category of "young (18-35 years old),Mage= 26.6;57% have incomplete higher or higher education; 56% believe they are "more poor than rich." The listed socio-demographic characteristics of the study participants were taken into account in the process of solving the formulated tasks. Methods: 1. Socio-demographic questionnaire; 2. Questionnaire "Self-assessment of appearance", developed by V.A. Labunskaya; 3. The scale "Subjective well-being" in the adaptation of V.M. Sokolova; 4. Questionnaire "Attitude to its appearance: satisfaction and concern," developed by E.V. Kapitanova, V.A. Labunskaya. Mathematical procedures: descriptive statistics, frequency, factorial, multivariate analysis of variance - MANOVA (IBM SPPS Statistic 23.0). Results: socio-demographic characteristics, combined in different ways with three types of factors, change their explanatory power, form, based on the magnitude of factor weight, other relationships between self-assessments of AP and self-assessments of SWB, form a combination of factors: "Self-assessments of AP, education, economic status", "Self-assessment of subjective well-being", "Socio-demographic characteristics, satisfaction, concern of AP ", which do not exclude the autonomy of self-assessments of AP and self-assessments of SWB.

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Keywords: structures of relationships, types of factors, socio-demographic characteristics, components of appearance, self-esteem, subjective well-being

Journal rubric: Face Science

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The work was carried out with the financial support of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) within the framework of the scientific project number 22-28-01641.

Received: 13.06.2023


For citation: Labunskaya V.A. Structures of the Relationship between Self-Esteem of Appearance and Subjective Well-Being. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2023. Vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 19–33. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2023160302. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Vera A. Labunskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the Department of Social Psychology of the Academy of Psychology and Pedagogy, Southern Federal University, Scientific director of the scientific and educational laboratory "Social psychology of appearance" APP SFU. Deputy Chairman of the Dissertation Council at the SFU., Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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