The pursuit of muscularity among adolescent boys in Fiji and Tonga

Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe, Marita, Mavoa, Helen, Fotu, Kalesita, Goundar, Ramneek, Schultz, Jimaima, Waqa, Gade and Swinburn, Boyd 2007, The pursuit of muscularity among adolescent boys in Fiji and Tonga, Body image, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 361-371, doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.07.001.

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Title The pursuit of muscularity among adolescent boys in Fiji and Tonga
Author(s) Ricciardelli, LinaORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina
McCabe, Marita
Mavoa, Helen
Fotu, Kalesita
Goundar, Ramneek
Schultz, Jimaima
Waqa, Gade
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name Body image
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 361
End page 371
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 1740-1445
Keyword(s) muscularity
adolescent boys
strength and fitness
sporting performance
Summary The desire for muscularity is tied to Western views of the male gender role, which prescribe that men be strong, physically fit and athletically successful. Although, these ideals have been primarily studied among Western adolescent boys, there is emerging evidence that the same ideals are valued and promoted among males from the Pacific Islands. The aim of the present study was to examine body image concerns associated with muscularity and the reasons for these concerns among Fijian and Tongan adolescent boys. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 Indigenous Fijian, 24 Indo-Fijian, and 24 Tongan boys aged between 13 and 20 years. A thematic analysis of boys’ narratives showed that the pursuit of muscularity was a dominant theme for many boys. Boys’ reasons for pursing muscularity included the attainment of strength and fitness, sporting performance, physical work, dominance, and health. These findings are examined in relation to previous research with Western adolescent boys.
Notes Available online 20 September 2007
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.07.001
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier Ltd
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