The role of sisters in body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating

Coomber, Kerri and King, Ross 2008, The role of sisters in body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating, Sex roles, vol. 59, no. 1-2, pp. 81-93, doi: 10.1007/s11199-008-9413-7.

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Title The role of sisters in body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating
Author(s) Coomber, Kerri
King, RossORCID iD for King, Ross
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 59
Issue number 1-2
Start page 81
End page 93
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2008-07
ISSN 0360-0025
Keyword(s) sisters
body image
disordered eating
familial influence
tripartite influence model
Summary The Tripartite Influence Model (TIM) argues sociocultural agents affect body image dissatisfaction (BID) via the mediators of social comparison and internalization. BID subsequently influences disordered eating. Forty-seven Australian sister pairs (18–25 years) provided self-reports of perceived familial modeling and pressure by the sociocultural agents of mother, father and sister, social comparison, internalization, BID, bulimic behaviors, and dietary restriction. Sisters were correlated on internalization, BID, disordered eating, and parental modeling and pressure. Mothers and sisters were equally important modeling agents. Sisters were an equivalent social comparison target to peers. Consistent with the TIM, internalization and social comparison mediated familial pressure on BID. Contrary to the model, sister modeling directly affected bulimic behaviors and dietary restriction.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9413-7
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
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer
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