A prospective study of individual factors in the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent children

Saling, Marissa, Ricciardelli, Lina and McCabe, Marita 2005, A prospective study of individual factors in the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent children, Journal of youth and adolescence, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 651-661.

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Title A prospective study of individual factors in the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent children
Author(s) Saling, Marissa
Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of youth and adolescence
Volume number 34
Issue number 6
Start page 651
End page 661
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 0047-2891
1573-6601
Keyword(s) weight and muscle concerns
preadolescent children
self-esteem
parent and peer relations
perfectionism
Summary The present study was designed to assess body mass index (BMI), self-esteem, parent and peer relations, negative affect, and perfectionism, as predictors of dieting, food preoccupation, and muscle preoccupation, in 326 preadolescent children (150 girls and 176 boys) aged between 8 and 10 years. Preadolescents were tested twice over a 10-month period. BMI was found to be the main predictor of girls' and boys' dieting, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Perfectionism was an important predictor of boys' dieting and muscle preoccupation, while self-esteem, peer relations and negative affect predicted girls' muscle preoccupation. The findings are discussed in relation to past research with both preadolescents and adolescents.

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 ©2005, Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008839

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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