The implications of body-image dissatisfaction among kidney-transplant recipients

Yaron Yagil, Shulamit Geller, Yael Sidi, Yael Tirosh, Paulina Katz, Richard Nakache

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The role that body image plays in the psychological adjustment of kidney-transplant recipients is an understudied issue. In the current study, the association between three variables - (a) body-image dissatisfaction, (b) quality of life (QOL), and (c) psychological distress - was investigated. The research participants were 45 kidney-transplant recipients who were under follow-up care at the Transplant Unit of the Tel-Aviv Medical Center (Israel). Body image, psychological distress, and QOL were measured using self-report questionnaires [Body-Image Ideals Questionnaire (BIIQ), Brief Symptoms Inventory (BSI), and SF-12]. Medical and background data were collected from medical and administrative records. The findings indicated an association between higher level of body-image dissatisfaction and a decrease in several quality-of-life dimensions (role emotional, physical pain, general health, and social functioning), and with an increase in psychological distress. These findings highlight the importance of body-image dissatisfaction as a factor that is associated with QOL and psychological distress among kidney-transplant recipients. Body image warrants further attention and should be screened and treated among those who demonstrate high levels of dissatisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-962
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • body image
  • kidney transplantation
  • psychological distress
  • quality of life


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