Healthy me: a gender-specific program to address body image concerns and risk factors among preadolescents

McCabe, Marita P, Connaughton, Catherine, Tatangelo, Gemma, Mellor, David and Busija, Lucy 2017, Healthy me: a gender-specific program to address body image concerns and risk factors among preadolescents, Body image, vol. 20, pp. 20-30, doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.10.007.

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Title Healthy me: a gender-specific program to address body image concerns and risk factors among preadolescents
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P
Connaughton, Catherine
Tatangelo, Gemma
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Busija, Lucy
Journal name Body image
Volume number 20
Start page 20
End page 30
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-03
ISSN 1740-1445
Keyword(s) Body esteem
Body image
Healthy eating
Prevention programs
Health Behavior
Personal Satisfaction
Risk Factors
School Health Services
Self Concept
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychology, Clinical
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Prevention program
Negative affect
Sociocultural influences
Weight loss
Summary This study evaluated a gender-specific, school-based program to promote positive body image and address risk factors for body dissatisfaction. In total, 652 children aged 8-10 years participated (335 intervention, 317 wait-list control). Children participated in four 60min sessions and a recap session at three months post-intervention. The broad content areas were body image, peer relationships, media awareness, healthy diet, and exercise. The activities and examples for each session were gender specific. The recap session was an overview of the four sessions. Assessment measures were completed at pre-intervention, post-intervention, and after the recap. Boys and girls in the intervention demonstrated higher muscle esteem and vegetable intake at post-intervention, compared to children in the control condition. Boys and girls demonstrated higher body esteem, muscle esteem and fruit and vegetable intake at the recap. Boys in the intervention demonstrated less investment in masculine gender norms at post-intervention and at recap.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.10.007
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
11 Medical And Health Sciences
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
16 Studies In Human Society
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier Ltd.
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