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

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posted on 01.09.2016, 00:00 authored by Gemma Tatangelo, M McCabe, David MellorDavid Mellor, Alexandra Mealey
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.

History

Journal

Body image

Volume

18

Pagination

86 - 95

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam ,The Netherlands

eISSN

1873-6807

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Elsevier