Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Mithra Pirooz


The current study sought to examine the relationship between body dissatisfaction and early adolescent mood with the intent of raising awareness and prevention, as well as intervention, when it comes to negative mental health and depressive mood in early adolescence. General self-worth acted as the outcome variable, examining body dissatisfaction, gender, and affect as potential predictor variables of lower general self-worth at the end of the school year. All measures were done through self-report questionnaires. Correlations were run to determine gender differences among the variables of interest and a hierarchical regression was done to account for change in general self-worth over the school year. Although general self-worth stayed consistent, the variables of interest were not deemed predictor variables of decreased general self-worth. With an increased awareness of intervention and prevention of body dissatisfaction and how it looks for both genders, growing through early adolescence has the potential to be less distressing for girls and boys, alike.