A systematic review of body dissatisfaction and sociocultural messages related to the body among preschool children.

Tatangelo, Gemma, McCabe, Marita, Mellor, David and Mealey, Alex 2016, A systematic review of body dissatisfaction and sociocultural messages related to the body among preschool children., Body image, vol. 18, pp. 86-95, doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.06.003.

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Title A systematic review of body dissatisfaction and sociocultural messages related to the body among preschool children.
Author(s) Tatangelo, Gemma
McCabe, Marita
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Mealey, Alex
Journal name Body image
Volume number 18
Start page 86
End page 95
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1873-6807
Keyword(s) BMI
Body dissatisfaction
Body image
Parents
Preschool children
Sociocultural
Summary This systematic review examines body dissatisfaction and the influence of sociocultural messages related to body image among preschool children. The review was conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines and 16 studies were included in the final analysis. Findings suggest that children under the age of 6 years old experience body dissatisfaction, however, the proportion of children who are dissatisfied varied from around 20% to 70%, depending on the method of assessment. The literature was divided on whether preschool aged girls experience more body dissatisfaction than boys. Parental influence appears to be an important factor in the development of preschool children's body dissatisfaction and attitudes. However, more research is needed to understand the influences of children's peers and the media. The need for more sensitive measures of body dissatisfaction and prevention programs for preschool children is discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.06.003
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084793

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