Psychometric evaluation of the body change inventory: an assessment instrument for adolescent boys and girls

Ricciardelli, Lina and McCabe, Marita 2002, Psychometric evaluation of the body change inventory: an assessment instrument for adolescent boys and girls, Eating behaviors, vol. 3, no. 1, Spring, pp. 45-59.

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Title Psychometric evaluation of the body change inventory: an assessment instrument for adolescent boys and girls
Author(s) Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Eating behaviors
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 45
End page 59
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication New York, NY
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1471-0153
1873-7358
Summary A new instrument, the Body Change Inventory, was developed to provide an assessment of body change strategies that are used by both adolescent girls and boys. The novel aspect of this instrument is that it evaluates strategies to increase body size and increase muscle size, as well strategies to decrease body size. Independent samples of adolescent girls and boys aged between 11 and 17 years (N=1732) participated in four studies. The revised instrument consisted of three body change scales—Strategies to Decrease Body Size, Strategies to Increase Body Size, and Strategies to Increase Muscle Size. The studies demonstrated content validity, construct validity, internal consistency, and concurrent and discriminant validity for the new scales. The new scales provide a valuable addition in the literature for assessing three global body change strategies among adolescent girls and boys. They are needed in order to examine further the normative development of different kinds of body change strategies and how these may lead to behavioural problems such as disordered eating, exercise dependence, and steroid use.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001679

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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