Where is all the pressure coming from? Messages from mothers and teachers about preschool children's appearance, diet and exercise

McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina, Stanford, Jacqueline, Holt, Kate, Keegan, Salley and Miller, Louise 2007, Where is all the pressure coming from? Messages from mothers and teachers about preschool children's appearance, diet and exercise, European eating disorders review, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 221-230.

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Title Where is all the pressure coming from? Messages from mothers and teachers about preschool children's appearance, diet and exercise
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina
Stanford, Jacqueline
Holt, Kate
Keegan, Salley
Miller, Louise
Journal name European eating disorders review
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 221
End page 230
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1072-4133
1099-0968
Keyword(s) body image
children
sociocultural pressures
body weight
muscle concerns
Summary This study used interviews and qualitative analyses to investigate the nature of the messages that preschool children receive from mothers and teachers about their bodies, general appearance, exercise and eating practices. Participants were 10 female teachers and 53 mothers. The behaviours of the 53 children (24 boys, 29 girls) were also observed to determine the nature of their eating and exercise behaviours. The results demonstrated that both mothers and teachers expressed concerns about their own bodies. Mothers also communicated messages to their daughters about losing weight and messages to their sons about increasing their muscles. Both girls and boys were concerned about their appearance, particularly their clothes and hair. Girls also demonstrated some concerns about losing weight, and boys with increasing muscles. Implications of these results are discussed in terms of designing education programs for mothers, teachers and children to prevent the development of body image concerns and disordered eating among children. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
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, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007466

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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