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Body appreciation in light of psychological, health- and weight-related variables among female adolescents

Piko, Bettina F., Obál, Annabella and Mellor, David 2020, Body appreciation in light of psychological, health- and weight-related variables among female adolescents, Europe's journal of psychology, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 676-687, doi: 10.5964/ejop.v16i4.2183.

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Title Body appreciation in light of psychological, health- and weight-related variables among female adolescents
Author(s) Piko, Bettina F.
Obál, Annabella
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Journal name Europe's journal of psychology
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 676
End page 687
Total pages 12
Publisher Leibniz-Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)
Place of publication [Geneva, Switzerland]
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1841-0413
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Psychology
body image
body appreciation
body weight concerns
self-perceived health
female adolescents
PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
IMAGE
SCALE-2
SATISFACTION
OVERWEIGHT
ASSOCIATIONS
PREVALENCE
BEHAVIORS
EXERCISE
OBESITY
Summary Recent research has begun to focus on positive body image and how this can be supported in adolescence. Body appreciation is a key element of positive body image, and has been associated with self-reported health status, weight-related concern, family factors and psychological variables such as self-esteem. In this study we explored these associations among Hungarian adolescent females. Female high school students from two major towns in Csongrád county, Hungary (N = 454; age range from 14 to 20; M = 16.3 years, SD = 1.2) completed questionnaires assessing body appreciation, self-esteem, optimism, life satisfaction and health- and weight-related variables. Analyses revealed that body appreciation was most strongly related to self-esteem, as well as being positively associated with life satisfaction, self-perceived health, being in control of diet, and engagement in sport. Conversely, binge drinking, engaging in slimming behaviors and having eating disorders in the family were negatively associated with body appreciation. These findings provide some indications of factors that might be targetted in health education programs aiming to promote positive body image and to develop resilience against body dissatisfaction in this demographic group. Such programs should also include information of nutrition and media literacy
Language eng
DOI 10.5964/ejop.v16i4.2183
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30146259

Document type: Journal Article
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