Body image in social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder

Idan M. Aderka, Cassidy A. Gutner, Amit Lazarov, Haggai Hermesh, Stefan G. Hofmann, Sofi Marom

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Body dysmorphic disorder falls under the category of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, yet research has suggested it may also be highly associated with social anxiety disorder. The current study examined body image variables among 68 outpatients with primary obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD; n= 22), social anxiety disorder (SAD; n= 25), and panic disorder (PD; n= 21). Participants filled out self-report measures of body image disturbance, attitudes toward one's appearance, and anxiety. Body image disturbance and attitudes toward appearance did not significantly differ between the groups. However, SAD symptoms predicted body image disturbance, Appearance Evaluation and Body Areas Satisfaction, and OCD symptoms predicted Appearance Orientation. These findings suggest that SAD and OCD may be associated with different facets of body image. Implications for the treatment of anxiety disorders and for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalBody Image
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Body image
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology


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