Sociocultural influences on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescents

Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina, Yeow, James, Daliza, Nur and Hapidzal, Noor Fizlee bt Mohd 2009, Sociocultural influences on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescents, Body image, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 121-128.

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Title Sociocultural influences on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescents
Author(s) Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina
Yeow, James
Daliza, Nur
Hapidzal, Noor Fizlee bt Mohd
Journal name Body image
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 121
End page 128
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) body dissatisfaction
body change behaviors
sociocultural influences
Malaysia
Summary Little research on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors, and the sociocultural influences on them, has been undertaken in non-Western contexts. The current study investigated these variables and the relationships between them among a sample of 529 Malaysian high school students (103 Malays, 344 Chinese and 82 Indians), who completed a set of measures in classroom settings. Chinese girls were more dissatisfied with their bodies than Chinese boys, but no gender difference was found for Malay and Indian participants. Girls were more likely to engage in behaviors to lose weight, and boys were more likely to engage in behaviors to increase muscle. The influence of sociocultural factors on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors was limited and varied across both sex and ethnicity. Findings are discussed in relation to Western research, and it is concluded that cultural nuances need to be considered when investigating these phenomena.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019809

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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