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Sociocultural influences on body image concerns and body change strategies among Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australian adolescent girls and boys

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posted on 01.12.2004, 00:00 authored by L Ricciardelli, M McCabe, Kylie BallKylie Ball, David MellorDavid Mellor
Sociocultural messages about the ideal body build have been studied predominantlyamong White adolescent girls. In the current study we examined the relationships between perceived sociocultural influences, body image concerns, and body change strategies among 47 (22 boys and 25 girls) Indigenous Australian adolescents. These relationships were compared to those from 47 non-Indigenous adolescents (predominantly from an Anglo-Saxon background), who were matched on gender, age, and school grade. Overall, the sociocultural influences were found to be associated with body image concerns and body change strategies among both cultural groups. The only exception was that the sociocultural influences were not associated with the Indigenous girls levels of body dissatisfaction or body image importance. These findings are discussed in relation to past studies of White and Black girls.

History

Journal

Sex roles

Volume

51

Issue

11-12

Pagination

731 - 741

Publisher

Springer

Location

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISSN

0360-0025

eISSN

1573-2762

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, Springer