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Body image importance and body dissatisfaction among Indigenous Australian adolescents

Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina and Ball, Kylie 2004, Body image importance and body dissatisfaction among Indigenous Australian adolescents, Body image, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 289-297.

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Title Body image importance and body dissatisfaction among Indigenous Australian adolescents
Author(s) Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina
Ball, Kylie
Journal name Body image
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 289
End page 297
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) indigenous Australians
body image importance
adolescents
body image satisfaction
Summary Despite their elevated risk of health problems and a propensity to be more overweight or underweight relative to the other members of the Australian population, there has been no previous investigation of body image concerns among Indigenous Australians. In this study we investigated the level of body image importance and body image dissatisfaction among 19 rural Indigenous adolescents (7 males, 12 females) and 28 urban Indigenous adolescents (15 males and 13 females). Our hypotheses that there would be gender differences in body image importance and body image satisfaction were not generally supported. However, males placed more importance on muscle size and strength than females, and rural participants placed more importance on weight than urban participants. Comparison to existing data obtained from Caucasian adolescents suggested that Indigenous youth may be less concerned and dissatisfied with body weight and shape. These results are discussed in relation to findings from studies of non-Indigenous adolescents, and Indigenous health issues. The limitations of the current study and the need for further studies are also discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Elsevier BV
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