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A cross-cultural study investigating body features associated with male adolescents' body dissatisfaction in Australia, China, and Malaysia

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posted on 01.11.2014, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, Alice Hucker, M Waterhouse, N H binti Mamat, X Xu, J Cochrane, Marita Mc Cabe, L Ricciardelli
This study investigated how dissatisfaction with particular aspects of the body was associated with overall body dissatisfaction among male adolescents in Western and Asian cultures. One hundred and six Malaysian Malays, 55 Malaysian Chinese, 195 Chinese from China, and 45 non-Asian Australians aged 12 to 19 years completed a questionnaire assessing dissatisfaction with their overall body and dissatisfaction with varying aspects of their body. Dissatisfaction with the face, height, and hair was positively correlated with overall body dissatisfaction among Malaysian Malays after body mass index, age and dissatisfaction with body areas typically included in measures (weight/shape, upper, middle, and lower body, and muscles) had been controlled for. Dissatisfaction with the face was positively correlated with overall body dissatisfaction among Malaysian Chinese. These findings demonstrate the differences in body focus for males from different cultures and the importance of using assessment measures that address all possible areas of body focus.

History

Journal

American journal of men's health

Volume

8

Issue

6

Pagination

521 - 531

Publisher

Sage

Location

Thousand Oaks, CA

eISSN

1557-9891

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2014, Sage