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Evaluation of a prevention program to address body focus and negative affect among children

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2006, 00:00 authored by M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, Jo SalmonJo Salmon
The current study evaluated a program to improve the body image and positive and negative affect of children. Participants were 368 children aged 8–12 years. The results demonstrated that boys placed more importance on and were less satisfied with their muscles; girls were less satisfied with their weight and the importance of weight increased with increasing age. Children with a large BMI were less satisfied with their weight. Boys in the intervention group showed reduced levels of negative affect over time. Further research is required to develop prevention and intervention programs to lower the effects of body dissatisfaction and negative affect among children.

History

Journal

Journal of health psychology

Volume

11

Issue

4

Pagination

589 - 598

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, UK

ISSN

1359-1053

eISSN

1461-7277

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Sage Publications