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Strength of faith and body image in Muslim and non-Muslim women

Mussap, Alexander J 2009, Strength of faith and body image in Muslim and non-Muslim women, Mental health, religion & culture, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 121-127, doi: 10.1080/13674670802358190.

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Title Strength of faith and body image in Muslim and non-Muslim women
Author(s) Mussap, Alexander JORCID iD for Mussap, Alexander J orcid.org/0000-0003-1290-3680
Journal name Mental health, religion & culture
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 121
End page 127
Total pages 7
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1367-4676
1469-9737
Keyword(s) Islam
Australia
body image
women
strength of faith
religion
Summary A questionnaire was completed by 98 Muslim and 91 non-Muslim Australian  women to examine the relationship between Islam and body image. Path analyses revealed that for Muslim women (but not non-Muslim women) strength of religious faith was inversely related to body dissatisfaction, body self-objectification, and dietary restraint. These relationships were mediated by increased use of modest clothing and by reduced media consumption. These results are consistent with the proposition that adherence to Islam can indirectly protect women's body image from appearance-based public scrutiny and from exposure to Western media.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13674670802358190
Field of Research 170106 Health
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017653

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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