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Sociocultural influences on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors among Malaysian adolescents

journal contribution
posted on 01.03.2009, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, M McCabe, L Ricciardelli, J Yeow, N Daliza, N Hapidzal
Little research on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors, and the sociocultural influences on them, has been undertaken in non-Western contexts. The current study investigated these variables and the relationships between them among a sample of 529 Malaysian high school students (103 Malays, 344 Chinese and 82 Indians), who completed a set of measures in classroom settings. Chinese girls were more dissatisfied with their bodies than Chinese boys, but no gender difference was found for Malay and Indian participants. Girls were more likely to engage in behaviors to lose weight, and boys were more likely to engage in behaviors to increase muscle. The influence of sociocultural factors on body dissatisfaction and body change behaviors was limited and varied across both sex and ethnicity. Findings are discussed in relation to Western research, and it is concluded that cultural nuances need to be considered when investigating these phenomena.

History

Journal

Body image

Volume

6

Issue

2

Pagination

121 - 128

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1740-1445

eISSN

1873-6807

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2008, Elsevier Ltd.