Exploring the Predictive Role of Body Image and Rumination on Somatic Symptom Severity: A Quantitative Analysis

Somatic symptoms Body image dissatisfaction Rumination Predictive analysis Psychological factors


  • Seyed Hadi Seyed Alitabar
    PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Farzad Goli BEHI Academy, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Vol 11, No 3 (2024)
Quantitative Study(ies)
June 10, 2024
July 2, 2024


Background: This study aimed to quantitatively assess the impact of body image dissatisfaction and rumination on the burden of somatic symptoms among adults.

Methods: A cross-sectional study design was employed with a sample of 330 participants who completed standardized measures assessing somatic symptoms, body image dissatisfaction, and rumination. Data were analyzed using linear regression in SPSS to explore the predictive value of body image and rumination on somatic symptom severity.

Results: The regression model accounted for 40% of the variance in somatic symptom severity, indicating that both body image dissatisfaction and rumination are significant predictors of somatic symptom burden.Specifically, rumination showed a positive correlation, while body image dissatisfaction had a negative correlation with somatic symptom severity

Conclusion: The findings suggest that psychological factors, particularly body image dissatisfaction and rumination, play a significant role in the manifestation and severity of somatic symptoms. Addressing these psychological aspects could be crucial in the management and treatment of somatic symptom disorders.

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