Psychosocial correlates of body image and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescent boys and girls

Mellor, David, Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe, Marita, Yeow, James, Hidayah bt Mamat, Norul and Hapidzal, Fizlee 2010, Psychosocial correlates of body image and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescent boys and girls, Sex roles, vol. 63, no. 5-6, pp. 386-398.

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Title Psychosocial correlates of body image and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescent boys and girls
Author(s) Mellor, David
Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Yeow, James
Hidayah bt Mamat, Norul
Hapidzal, Fizlee
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 63
Issue number 5-6
Start page 386
End page 398
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 0360-0025
1573-2762
Keyword(s) body image
body change strategies
Malaysia
psychosocial model
Summary This study used a psychosocial framework to investigate the relationships between BMI, body dissatisfaction, body change behaviors and mental health/behavioral problems amongst a sample of 513 Malay, Indian and Chinese adolescent boys and girls in Malaysia who completed questionnaires assessing these variables. Expected gender differences were not found in relation to body dissatisfaction or engagement in strategies to increase weight, but boys reported greater engagement in strategies to increase muscles. Relationships between body dissatisfaction and engagement in body change behaviors and mental health/behavioral problems varied across race and gender. These findings suggest that the psychosocial framework is a useful way to conceptualise body dissatisfaction and related behaviors, and that caution should be exercised in generalising findings across gender and culture.
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 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031271

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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