Thesis Title:  Perception of Teasing Behavior, Confidence and Mental Health in Obese Woman

Author Name: Maryam Afzaal

Supervisor: Faiza Rasool

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present research was designed to investigate the relationship between teasing behavior, confidence and mental health in obese women. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a negative relationship between teasing behavior, confidence and mental health in obese women. It was also hypothesized teasing behavior likely to affect the confidence and mental health in obese women. Correlational research design was used for present study. The sample (N = 100) was comprised of only obese students age ranged 20 to 30 years from different departments of a public university of Lahore. Purposive sampling technique was used. Demographic Information Sheet, Weight-Based Teasing Behavior Scale, (ME Eisenberg, 2003), Academic Self-confidence Scale (HK Jones, 2001) and Mental Health Inventory (MHI-18) (Veit & Ware, 1983) were administered for assessment. Cronbach’s alpha, descriptive of study variables; Pearson product moment correlation and linear regression analysis were used to test the hypothesis. Results indicate that there was no relationship between teasing behaviors, confidence and mental health because there may be cultural and sample differences. On the other hand there was a negative relationship between confidence and mental health depression and positive relationship between confidence and mental health positive affect because of time and space. Moreover, teasing behavior and confidence were not significant predictors of mental health. Implication of the present research is that it is important to discover educational awareness that work efficiently with their confidence and mental health who teased by others.

Keywords:

Teasing behavior, confidence, mental health.