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Children's body image and social comparisons with peers and the media

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posted on 2017-05-01, 00:00 authored by Gemma TatangeloGemma Tatangelo, L Ricciardelli
Social comparisons are related to the development of body dissatisfaction among adolescents and adults, yet this relationship remains relatively unexamined among children. This study examines children's peer and media-related social comparisons, and how this impacts on their body image. Children aged 8-10 years completed interviews (17 girls and 19 boys in individual interviews, and 16 girls and 16 boys in focus groups). Analyses revealed that appearance-related comparisons were more common among girls, whereas sports/ability-related comparisons were more common for boys. In addition, boys viewed media comparisons as inspiring, whereas girls reported negative emotions. Implications for future research and prevention programmes are discussed.

History

Journal

Journal of health psychology

Volume

22

Issue

6

Pagination

7761 - 787

Publisher

Sage

Location

London, Eng.

eISSN

1461-7277

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, The Authors