The role of ethnicity and culture in body image and disordered eating among males

Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe, Marita, Williamson, Robert J. and Thompson, J. Kevin 2007, The role of ethnicity and culture in body image and disordered eating among males, Clinical psychology review, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 582-606.

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Title The role of ethnicity and culture in body image and disordered eating among males
Author(s) Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Williamson, Robert J.
Thompson, J. Kevin
Journal name Clinical psychology review
Volume number 27
Issue number 5
Start page 582
End page 606
Publisher Elsevier Ltd / Pergamon
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 0272-7358
1873-7811
Keyword(s) body image
ethnicity
culture
eating disorder
male
Summary An increasing number of researchers have examined body image concerns, disordered eating, and other behaviors associated with increasing muscle size among men from different cultural groups. However, to date there has been no synthesis or evaluation of these studies. In this paper we specifically review studies which have included a comparison between males from different cultural groups with White males on body image concerns or other related behaviors. The groups include Blacks, Hispanic Americans, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and men from Middle Eastern countries. Overall, evidence suggests that males from a range of cultural groups engage in more extreme body change strategies and binge eating than Whites. On the other hand, there is no consistent pattern which summarizes the nature of body image concerns across the different cultures. Mediating and/or moderating variables are proposed to account for the inconsistent findings. These include body build, levels of acculturation, socio-economic status, media exposure, and internalization of the muscular and lean body ideal.
Notes Available online 7 February 2007.
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 ©2007, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007472

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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