Body image attitudes and concerns among indigenous Fijian and European Australian adolescent girls

Williams, Lauren K., Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe, Marita, Waqa, Gade G. and Bavadra, Kelera 2006, Body image attitudes and concerns among indigenous Fijian and European Australian adolescent girls, Body image, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 275-287.

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Title Body image attitudes and concerns among indigenous Fijian and European Australian adolescent girls
Author(s) Williams, Lauren K.
Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Waqa, Gade G.
Bavadra, Kelera
Journal name Body image
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Start page 275
End page 287
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) body image attitudes
fiji
australia
adolescent girls
weight
Summary Research on body image has primarily been conducted among Western women who highly value the thin ideal body size. There has been limited research that has examined body image attitudes among Fijian adolescent girls who are exposed to both traditional sociocultural pressures that promote a larger body size and Western pressures that promote slimness. Using in-depth semi-structured interviews, we examined the factors associated with body image attitudes and concerns among a sample of 16 indigenous Fijian and 16 European Australian adolescent girls aged between 13–18 years. An inductive analysis of girls’ responses indicated that both groups of girls experienced body image concerns including body dissatisfaction, a preference for thinness and concerns associated with weight gain. These findings have implications for our understanding of the role of culture in shaping body image among girls and may prove useful in the development of future survey research that can be implemented among both Fijian and Western adolescents.
Notes Available online 2 August 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
Copyright notice ©2006, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003729

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