Who thinks I need a perfect body? Perceptions and internal dialogue among adolescents about their bodies

McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina and Ridge, Damien 2006, Who thinks I need a perfect body? Perceptions and internal dialogue among adolescents about their bodies, Sex roles, vol. 55, no. 5-6, pp. 409-419.

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Title Who thinks I need a perfect body? Perceptions and internal dialogue among adolescents about their bodies
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina
Ridge, Damien
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 55
Issue number 5-6
Start page 409
End page 419
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 1573-2762
0360-0025
Keyword(s) adolescents
body image
gender
qualitative
social cultural
Summary The main aim of this study was to provide a detailed examination of the nature of the messages that adolescent boys and girls receive about their bodies. Forty adolescent boys and 40 adolescent girls participated in an in-depth interview to gain an understanding of the range of potential ‘sources’ of body-related messages. Messages were organized around the source of these messages (self, mother, father, brother, sister, female friends, male friends, media). There were consistent gender differences in the way that adolescents received and interpreted messages about their bodies. Overall girls received more positive and more negative messages than boys did. Boys reported having received virtually no negative messages from most people. The content of internal dialogue among adolescents revealed that messages about the body could be interpreted, distorted, and deflected. The implications of these findings for preventing body image-related problems and disordered eating among adolescents are discussed.
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, Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004113

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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