A longitudinal investigation of the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent boys

Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe, Marita, Lillis, Jessica and Thomas, Kristina 2006, A longitudinal investigation of the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent boys, Journal of youth and adolescence, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 168-178.

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Title A longitudinal investigation of the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent boys
Author(s) Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Lillis, Jessica
Thomas, Kristina
Journal name Journal of youth and adolescence
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 168
End page 178
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2006-04
ISSN 1573-6601
0047-2891
Keyword(s) weight and muscle concerns
body change strategies
boys
sociocultural influences
longitudinal
Summary The study examined the impact of body mass index (BMI), negative affect, self-esteem, and sociocultural influences in the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent boys. Body dissatisfaction, importance placed on weight and muscles, weight loss strategies, and strategies to increase muscles were evaluated. Participants were 237 boys aged between 8 and 11 years who were tested at three assessment periods 8 months apart. The main predictor of boys’ body change strategies was their perceived pressures to modify weight and muscles from parents, peers, and the media. The other main predictor of boys’ body change strategies and the sole predictor of body dissatisfaction was BMI. Self-esteem and negative affect were found to be weak and generally nonsignificant predictors of boys’ body image concerns and body change strategies. Additional studies that examine the risk and protective factors associated with boys’ weight and muscle concerns are needed to assist in the development of prevention programs for preadolescent boys.
Notes Published online: 2 March 2006
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
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003686

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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