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Psychosocial correlates of body image and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescent boys and girls

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.2010, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, L Ricciardelli, M McCabe, J Yeow, N Hidayah bt Mamat, F Hapidzal
This study used a psychosocial framework to investigate the relationships between BMI, body dissatisfaction, body change behaviors and mental health/behavioral problems amongst a sample of 513 Malay, Indian and Chinese adolescent boys and girls in Malaysia who completed questionnaires assessing these variables. Expected gender differences were not found in relation to body dissatisfaction or engagement in strategies to increase weight, but boys reported greater engagement in strategies to increase muscles. Relationships between body dissatisfaction and engagement in body change behaviors and mental health/behavioral problems varied across race and gender. These findings suggest that the psychosocial framework is a useful way to conceptualise body dissatisfaction and related behaviors, and that caution should be exercised in generalising findings across gender and culture.

History

Journal

Sex roles

Volume

63

Issue

5-6

Pagination

386 - 398

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0360-0025

eISSN

1573-2762

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2010, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC