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Investigating the Effect of Sleep on Self-Reported Attractiveness and Self-Esteem

Pollard, David (2022) Investigating the Effect of Sleep on Self-Reported Attractiveness and Self-Esteem. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The current study aimed to investigate the effect of sleep on self-reported attractiveness and self-esteem. The combining of which aimed to give a more comprehensive showing of one’s self-perception. Previous research has shown that poor quality sleep can negatively affect people’s self-esteem and self-reported attractiveness but has not been cohesively studied both at the same time. The current study wished to expand on what has already been found through investigating both variables together, and further highlight the significance of sleep on self-esteem and self-reported attractiveness. The current study used the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) (Appendix 1) the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) (Appendix 2) and the Body Esteem Scale (BES) (Appendix 3) to investigate the research aim. 85 participants took part with ages raging from below 18 to over 65 and with a near even split of male and female participants. Spearman’s non-parametric correlation found that high quality sleep was not correlated with high self-reported attractiveness. However, higher quality sleep was correlated with higher self-esteem. Higher self-esteem was also linked with higher ratings for self-reported attractiveness. The implications of these findings and their contribution to the current literature are discussed along with direction for future research.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal Health and Hygiene
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 09:16
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 09:16

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