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Zoha Rashid
Naeema Arzeen
Mubashir Shah



Objective: To find out the relationship between body image and psychological distress among university students.

Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 250 participants enrolled from universities of Islama­bad with age range of 18 to 25 years. Two scales; Body Image Concern Inventory (BICI) and Kessler’s Psychological Distress Scale (K-10) were used to measure the variables. Data was entered and analyzed by SPSS version 21.

Results: The findings indicated that there was significant positive correlation (r=0.63**) between body image con­cern and psychological distress. Further, male students showed higher concern as compared to female students (t (248) =2.45, p < .01). Regression analysis indicated the value of R2 that was 40 % of the total variability in psychological distress that was explained by body image concern.

Conclusion: The study concluded a significant positive correlation between body image concern and psychologi­cal distress. In addition, male students were more concerning than the female students.

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Rashid Z, Arzeen N, Shah M. BODY IMAGE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2021 Sep. 30 [cited 2022 May 21];35(3):181-4. Available from:
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