A test of the resource security and the body mass index reference point hypotheses of body dissatisfaction amongst adolescents in eight countries

Mellor, David, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, McCabe, Marita P., Ricciardelli, Lina A., Skouteris, Helen and Mussap, Alexander J. 2014, A test of the resource security and the body mass index reference point hypotheses of body dissatisfaction amongst adolescents in eight countries, Ethnicity & health, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 548-564, doi: 10.1080/13557858.2013.857761.

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Title A test of the resource security and the body mass index reference point hypotheses of body dissatisfaction amongst adolescents in eight countries
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A. orcid.org/0000-0002-7038-7410
Skouteris, Helen
Mussap, Alexander J.ORCID iD for Mussap, Alexander J. orcid.org/0000-0003-1290-3680
Journal name Ethnicity & health
Volume number 19
Issue number 5
Start page 548
End page 564
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1355-7858
Keyword(s) body dissatisfaction
adolescents
culture
GDP
sociocultural influences
Summary Objective
This study aimed to identify cultural-level variables that may influence the extent to which adolescents from different cultural groups are dissatisfied with their bodies.

Design.
A sample of 1730 male and 2000 female adolescents from Australia, Fiji, Malaysia, Tonga, Tongans in New Zealand, China, Chile, and Greece completed measures of body satisfaction, and the sociocultural influences on body image and body change questionnaire, and self-reported height and weight. Country gross domestic product and national obesity were recorded using global databases.

Results.
Prevalence of obesity/overweight and cultural endorsement of appearance standards explained variance in individual-level body dissatisfaction (BD) scores, even after controlling for the influence of individual differences in body mass index and internalization of appearance standards.

Conclusions.
Cultural-level variables may account for the development of adolescent BD.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13557858.2013.857761
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064929

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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