This article examines body image development among preadolescent boys. In particular, it examines the nature of body image change, as well as the prevalence of these concerns in relation to weight, shape, and muscles. The ages at which these concerns happen are discussed within a developmental framework. Factors related to body image concerns among preadolescent boys are also evaluated. The roles of sociocultural influences (e.g., media, parents, and peers) and psychological factors (e.g., self-esteem and perfectionism) are discussed. The limited literature on cultural differences in body image concerns among preadolescent boys is also considered. Finally, the implications of body image concerns for prevention and intervention programs among boys are evaluated.
Field of Research
111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective
920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category
B2 Book chapter in non-commercially published book
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