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Acculturation, body image, and eating behaviours in Muslim-Australian women

Mussap, Alexander 2009, Acculturation, body image, and eating behaviours in Muslim-Australian women, Health and place, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 532-539, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.08.008.

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Title Acculturation, body image, and eating behaviours in Muslim-Australian women
Author(s) Mussap, AlexanderORCID iD for Mussap, Alexander orcid.org/0000-0003-1290-3680
Journal name Health and place
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 532
End page 539
Total pages 8
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 1353-8292
1873-2054
Keyword(s) acculturation
body image
eating behaviours
Islam
women
Summary The relationship between western acculturation, body dissatisfaction, and eating behaviours was examined in a sample of 101 Muslim-Australian women between 18 and 44 years of age (M=27.3, SD=7.5). A questionnaire was completed containing measures of cultural identification (heritage and mainstream), body dissatisfaction and disordered eating (dietary control, bingeing and purging), internalization of the thin ideal, and self-esteem. A series of path analyses identified significant positive relationships between mainstream identification and the measures of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating that were mediated by thin-ideal internalization. Path analyses also identified significant negative relationships between heritage identification and the measures of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating that were mediated by self-esteem. These results are indicative of the potential risks to body image incurred by women who adopt Western values, and of the benefits in retaining heritage cultural values that promote a positive self image.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.08.008
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, ElsevierLtd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022566

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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