A longitudinal analysis of the role of biopsychosocial factors in predicting body change strategies among adolescent boys.

Ricciardelli, Lina and McCabe, Marita 2003, A longitudinal analysis of the role of biopsychosocial factors in predicting body change strategies among adolescent boys., Sex roles, vol. 48, no. 7, pp. 349-359.

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Title A longitudinal analysis of the role of biopsychosocial factors in predicting body change strategies among adolescent boys.
Author(s) Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 48
Issue number 7
Start page 349
End page 359
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 0360-0025
1573-2762
Keyword(s) muscle gain
weight loss
adolescent boys
biopsychosocial
longitudinal
Summary In this study we examined the role of biopsychosocial factors on adolescent boys' body modification strategies over an 8-month period. Participants were 434 adolescent boys aged between 11 and 16 years. The majority of respondents were from Anglo-Australian backgrounds (83%); the others were from Asian and European non-English-speaking backgrounds. The results indicated a consistent relationship between perceived encouragement to engage in body change strategies and increases in adolescents' body modification strategies, including muscle gain, weight gain, and weight loss. In addition, poor parent relations, being younger, and higher scores on the pubertal development scale predicted increased use of food supplements. However, the stability of the body modification strategies and the examined variables over the 8-month period were low. Further studies are needed to examine the stability of adolescent self-perceptions over both longer and shorter periods. Moreover, researchers need to include other factors that may be more relevant for adolescent boys (e.g., involvement in sports).
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 ©2003, Plenum Publishing Corporation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002226

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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