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Rehabilitation Research and Practice
Volume 2017, Article ID 6126509, 8 pages
Research Article

An Examination of Women’s Self-Presentation, Social Physique Anxiety, and Setting Preferences during Injury Rehabilitation

1Western University, London, ON, Canada
2Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change, Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Carly D. McKay;

Received 11 August 2016; Accepted 13 February 2017; Published 12 March 2017

Academic Editor: Julie Redfern

Copyright © 2017 Molly V. Driediger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. This study investigated whether women experience self-presentational concerns related to rehabilitation settings and explored preferences for characteristics of the social and physical treatment environment in relation to women’s Social Physique Anxiety (SPA). Methods. Two cross-sectional studies were conducted. In Study 1, female undergraduate students () completed four questionnaires (Social Physique Anxiety Scale; three bespoke questionnaires assessing self-presentation in rehabilitation and social and physical environment preferences) with respect to hypothetical rehabilitation scenarios. Study 2 recruited injured women who were referred for physiotherapy () to complete the same questionnaires regarding genuine rehabilitation scenarios. Results. Women with high SPA showed less preference for physique salient clothing than women with low SPA in both hypothetical () and genuine settings (). In Study 2, women with high SPA also preferred that others in the clinic were female () and reported significantly greater preference for private treatment spaces (). Conclusions. Self-presentational concerns exist in rehabilitation as in exercise settings. Results indicated inverse relationships between women’s SPA and preference for the presence of men, physique-enhancing clothing, and open-concept treatment settings. Future studies to determine the effect of self-presentational concerns on treatment adherence are needed.