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A prospective study of individual factors in the development of weight and muscle concerns among preadolescent children

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posted on 2005-12-01, 00:00 authored by M Saling, L Ricciardelli, M McCabe
The present study was designed to assess body mass index (BMI), self-esteem, parent and peer relations, negative affect, and perfectionism, as predictors of dieting, food preoccupation, and muscle preoccupation, in 326 preadolescent children (150 girls and 176 boys) aged between 8 and 10 years. Preadolescents were tested twice over a 10-month period. BMI was found to be the main predictor of girls' and boys' dieting, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Perfectionism was an important predictor of boys' dieting and muscle preoccupation, while self-esteem, peer relations and negative affect predicted girls' muscle preoccupation. The findings are discussed in relation to past research with both preadolescents and adolescents.

History

Journal

Journal of youth and adolescence

Volume

34

Issue

6

Pagination

651 - 661

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0047-2891

eISSN

1573-6601

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.