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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-21

Attitude toward selfie taking and its relation to body image and narcissism in medical students


1 Department of Psychiatry, Fortis Healthcare, Mumbai; Department of Psychiatry, Fortis Healthcare, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, MVPs Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_169_17

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Background: The recent and rapidly popularized social phenomenon of selfie taking has been showing an increasing trend. It is thus imperative to assess the knowledge, attitude, and perception of the groups toward this phenomenon. Selfie taking is associated with younger age groups and hence, we aimed to explore the attitudes toward selfie taking and its relation toward body image and narcissism in medical college students. Methodology: This was cross-sectional study and had two groups with Group A comprising 92 first year medical students and Group B including 103 postgraduate (PG) medical students from various specialties. They were interviewed in a single session using the scale of attitude toward selfie-taking questionnaire, Body Image Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (BIAAQ), and the narcissistic personality inventory. Scores obtained were computed using basic descriptive statistics and t-test where appropriate. Results: A strong positive favorable trend toward selfie taking was noticed among both groups (A = 56.5%, B = 45.6%). There was no difference in attitude between the two groups, or difference in the gender between those clicking their own selfies regularly within each group. BIAAQ reflected a significant difference among male subjects of the two groups with PG students was more concerned about body image (P = 0.001), whereas female subjects of both groups showed no such difference. The narcissism traits also showed a significant difference, only when males of both groups were compared again in favor of PG medical students (P = 0.022). Conclusion: This study revealed that selfie-taking is popular among medical students both in their undergraduate and PG period. Further research in diverse clinical and nonclinical populations is warranted to explore the relation between this phenomenon and body image acceptance or narcissistic traits.


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