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Weight-based teasing and depressive symptoms among Indian college students: exploring the moderating effect of gratitude

Suhans Bansal (USME, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India)
Naval Garg (USME, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India)
Jagvinder Singh (Department of DOR, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 14 March 2023

Issue publication date: 2 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This instant study explores the relationship between weight-based teasing and depressive symptoms in Indian college students. It further investigates the moderating effect of gratitude on depressive symptoms occurring due to weight-based teasing.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is theoretically based on Fredrickson's broaden-and-built theory (2001). PROCESS macro in IBM SPSS v21 was used to analyze the effect of gratitude in moderation of weight-based teasing and depressive symptoms. The study used correlation and regression analysis to assess the relationship between weight-based teasing and depressive symptoms.

Findings

The study has confirmed that weight-based teasing results in the development of depressive symptoms in Indian college students. The study has also revealed that gratitude casts a significant moderating effect on depression due to weight-based teasing, i.e. a reduction in regression weight of weight-based teasing.

Originality/value

This study is the first of its kind in India and will significantly add to the national literature on teasing and depression. Further, the study will help stakeholders like educators and policymakers to formulate psychological programs based on positive psychology 2.0 and gratitude to combat the rising issue of body shaming in India.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to all the anonymous reviewers for their inputs that have made this research paper more insightful. The authors also express gratitude towards the participants of this study.

Citation

Bansal, S., Garg, N. and Singh, J. (2024), "Weight-based teasing and depressive symptoms among Indian college students: exploring the moderating effect of gratitude", Kybernetes, Vol. 53 No. 6, pp. 2194-2214. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2022-1486

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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