Cultural influences on body dissatisfaction, body change behaviours and disordered eating of Japanese adolescents

Brokhoff, Miki, Mussap, Alexander J., Mellor, David, Skouteris, Helen, Ricciardelli, Lina A., McCabe, Marita P. and Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew 2012, Cultural influences on body dissatisfaction, body change behaviours and disordered eating of Japanese adolescents, Asian journal of social psychology, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 238-248.

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Title Cultural influences on body dissatisfaction, body change behaviours and disordered eating of Japanese adolescents
Author(s) Brokhoff, Miki
Mussap, Alexander J.
Mellor, David
Skouteris, Helen
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
McCabe, Marita P.
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
Journal name Asian journal of social psychology
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 238
End page 248
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1367-2223
1467-839X
Keyword(s) acculturation
adolescents
body image
culture
Japan
Summary We administered a paper-and-pencil questionnaire to 133 female and 99 male Japanese high school students 13–18 years old (M = 15.9, SD = 1.57) from the Kansai area to examine cultural influences on their body image and body change behaviours. Our aim was to ascertain the independent and combined influences from traditional Japanese, modern Japanese, and Western values. Cluster analyses identified four ‘acculturative’ groups: ‘anti-modern’, ‘traditional’, ‘pro-modern/anti-traditional’, and ‘pro-Western/anti-Japanese’. Pro-modern and pro-Western adolescents were most dissatisfied with their bodies, and pro-Western adolescents were also most likely to attempt weight loss. The results demonstrate the value of assessing cultural interactions in Japan along three dimensions.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
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