Children's body image and social comparisons with peers and the media

Tatangelo, Gemma L. and Ricciardelli, Lina A. 2017, Children's body image and social comparisons with peers and the media, Journal of health psychology, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 776-787, doi: 10.1177/1359105315615409.

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Title Children's body image and social comparisons with peers and the media
Author(s) Tatangelo, Gemma L.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 22
Issue number 6
Start page 776
End page 787
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-05
ISSN 1461-7277
Keyword(s) body image
media influences
peer influences
social comparisons
Summary Social comparisons are related to the development of body dissatisfaction among adolescents and adults, yet this relationship remains relatively unexamined among children. This study examines children's peer and media-related social comparisons, and how this impacts on their body image. Children aged 8-10 years completed interviews (17 girls and 19 boys in individual interviews, and 16 girls and 16 boys in focus groups). Analyses revealed that appearance-related comparisons were more common among girls, whereas sports/ability-related comparisons were more common for boys. In addition, boys viewed media comparisons as inspiring, whereas girls reported negative emotions. Implications for future research and prevention programmes are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105315615409
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
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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