Preschoolers' body-knowledge inaccuracy: perceptual self-deficit and attitudinal bias

Dunphy-Lelii, Sarah, Hooley, Merrilyn, McGivern, Lisa, Guha, Ahona and Skouteris, Helen 2014, Preschoolers' body-knowledge inaccuracy: perceptual self-deficit and attitudinal bias, Early child development and care, vol. 184, no. 11, pp. 1757-1768, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2014.881357.

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Title Preschoolers' body-knowledge inaccuracy: perceptual self-deficit and attitudinal bias
Author(s) Dunphy-Lelii, Sarah
Hooley, MerrilynORCID iD for Hooley, Merrilyn
McGivern, Lisa
Guha, Ahona
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 184
Issue number 11
Start page 1757
End page 1768
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014-12-01
ISSN 0300-4430
Keyword(s) body dissatisfaction
body image
body self-awareness
perceptual deficit
Summary Body image research with young children has typically examined their body satisfaction and overlooked developmental theories pertaining to their emergent body-knowledge. Though existing research suggests that preschoolers do demonstrate anti-fat attitudes and weight-related stigmatisation, body dissatisfaction can be difficult to assess in preschoolers due to developmental differences in their (i) ability to perceive their actual body size accurately and (ii) make comparisons with a hypothetical ideal. We review current findings on the attitudinal component of body image in preschoolers, together with findings on the accuracy of their body size perceptions and their emergent body awareness abilities. Such an integration of the cognitive development literature is key to identifying when and how young children understand their physical size and shape; this in turn is critical for informing methodological design targeted at assessing body dissatisfaction and anti-fat attitudes in early childhood.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2014.881357
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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