A qualitative study of preadolescent boys' and girls' body image: gendered ideals and sociocultural influences

Tatangelo, Gemma L. and Ricciardelli, Lina 2013, A qualitative study of preadolescent boys' and girls' body image: gendered ideals and sociocultural influences, Body image, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 591-598.

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Title A qualitative study of preadolescent boys' and girls' body image: gendered ideals and sociocultural influences
Author(s) Tatangelo, Gemma L.
Ricciardelli, Lina
Journal name Body image
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 591
End page 598
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) qualitative
preadolescents
body ideals
gender ideals
peers
media
Summary This qualitative study examined preadolescent boys’ and girls’ body ideals, and peer and media factors that shape these ideals. Sixty-eight children aged 8–10 participated in semi-structured interviews: 19 boys and 17 girls in individual interviews and 16 boys and 16 girls in eight group interviews. Techniques from grounded theory were used to analyze the data. Findings demonstrated that fitness was an important element of boys’ and girls’ body ideals. For boys the emphasis was on sport, and this was promoted by their peer interactions and the sportsmen they admired. For girls the focus was on looking good, and this was reinforced by their peer conversations, and the actresses and singers they admired. Focus groups further highlighted how peers both reinforced media messages, yet also helped children critique media messages. Implications are discussed for prevention programs that need to be specifically tailored for boys and girls.
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 ©2013, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060375

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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