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Media influences on body image and disordered eating among Indigenous adolescent Australians

McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina, Mellor, David and Ball, Kylie 2005, Media influences on body image and disordered eating among Indigenous adolescent Australians, Adolescence, vol. 40, no. 157, Spring, pp. 115-127.

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Title Media influences on body image and disordered eating among Indigenous adolescent Australians
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina
Mellor, David
Ball, Kylie
Journal name Adolescence
Volume number 40
Issue number 157
Season Spring
Start page 115
End page 127
Publisher Libra Publishers Inc.
Place of publication Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0001-8449
Keyword(s) media
personal appearance
self image
native people's
eating disorders
weight control
teenagers
Summary There has been no previous investigation of body image concerns and body change strategies among indigenous Australians. This study was designed to investigate the level of body satisfaction, body change strategies, and perceived media messages about body change strategies among 50 indigenous (25 males, 25 females) and 50 non-indigenous (25 males, 25 females) Australian adolescents (mean age 14.05, SD = 1.05). Consistent with past studies, girls were more likely to be dissatisfied with their weight and engage in strategies to lose weight. However, contrary to expectations, indigenous adolescents engaged in more strategies to lose weight, increase weight, and increase muscles than did non-indigenous adolescents, despite perceiving fewer media messages about losing weight. Additional factors that may explain the findings and the need for further research with different cultural groups are highlighted.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Libra Publishers Inc.
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