Children's body image concerns and eating disturbance: a review of the literature

Ricciardelli, Lina and McCabe, Marita 2001, Children's body image concerns and eating disturbance: a review of the literature, Clinical psychology review, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 325-344.

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Title Children's body image concerns and eating disturbance: a review of the literature
Author(s) Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Clinical psychology review
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 325
End page 344
Publisher Pergamon - Elsevier Science Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001-04
ISSN 0272-7358
Summary In recent years a large number of studies have examined body image concerns, and early symptoms of eating disturbance among children. However, to date there has been no synthesis or evaluation of these studies. The purpose of the present article is to review and evaluate the research that has examined body image concerns, and eating attitudes and behaviors among children 6 to 11 years of age. The instruments used to assess body image concerns and eating disturbance in children closely resemble those used with adolescents and adults. Overall, the psychometric data for these instruments are very good and there is sufficient evidence indicating that they can be used reliably and validly. In addition, similar variables to those studied in adolescent and adult samples have been found to be associated with children's body image concerns and early eating disturbance. These include gender, age, body mass index, race, sociocultural pressures, and self-concept. Our understanding of the development of body image concerns and eating disturbance in children is limited, however, by the fact that most of the research in this field has been based on cross-sectional data, and the studies have focused almost exclusively on weight-loss cognitions and behaviors.
Notes Available online 20 March 2001.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001213

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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