Development and initial validation of a metacognitive measure of worry and rumination about body image

About this study

This research project is interested in evaluating peoples’ thoughts and beliefs about their body image. We are interested in thinking processes that may contribute to people having ongoing concerns about their body image. You are invited to take part in this anonymous survey, which will help to develop a questionnaire to evaluate peoples’ thoughts about their body image and contribute to the assessment and treatment of body image concerns. Participants from all backgrounds are welcome to participate, we are interested in all peoples’ thoughts about their body image.

Research TeamDr Lee Kannis-Dymand (Chief Investigator, USC), Dr Geoff Lovell (USC), Dr Kate Mulgrew (USC), Professor Janet Carter (University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Dr David Tod (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) and Nicola Mitchell (USC).
InstitutionUniversity of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
Ethics Approval Number S181150
Funding SourceMaster of Psychology (Clinical), University of the Sunshine Coast
Project Start DateJuly 20, 2018
Project End DateMay 20, 2019
ParticipantsAny person aged 18 years and older.
What is InvolvedParticipant experience
We invite all people aged 18 years or older to participate. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete an online survey, which may take approximately 25 minutes of your time. The survey will ask you questions relevant to your thoughts and emotions about your body image. It is not necessary for you to consider yourself as experiencing body image disturbance to participate in this survey. An example of the types of questions you will be asked to respond to is: “Worrying about my physical appearance helps me to look the way I want to”.

Contact Details

Dr Lee Kannis Dymand ( or Nicola Mitchell (, Ph: (07) 5459 4879

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