A longitudinal study of body change strategies among children
McCabe, M. and Ricciardelli, L. 2004, A longitudinal study of body change strategies among children, in ICP 2004 : XXVIII International Congress of Psychology Abstracts, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, England, pp. 83-83.
ICP 2004 : XXVIII International Congress of Psychology Abstracts
Taylor & Francis
Place of publication
This study was designed to examine changes in body image and strategies to lose weight and increase muscles among 443 children (207 boys, 236 girls) aged 8-12 years over 16 months. Boys were more likely than girls to receive messages from sociocultural influences to increase msucles, and to adopt strategies to increase muscles. The strongest infuences were Body Mass Index, media and mothers, and to a lesser extent fathers and best friend. Girls were focused on losing weight, whereas boys were focused on both incrasing muscle and losing weight. The implications of these findings for preventative eductation programs are discussed.
Extract published in International Journal of Psychology, 39:5, 1 - 117, 2004.
Field of Research
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences