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ERIC Number: ED395258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1043-8734
Adolescent Girls: Factors Influencing Low and High Body Image.
Jaffee, Lynn; Mahle Lutter, Judy
Melpomene Journal, v14 n2 p14-22 Sum 1995
Past research on women has indicated that a fear of becoming fat emerges during adolescence and continues into adulthood. This study focused on factors associated with negative or positive body image, such as weight, physical activity, teasing, comparison to others and racial identity. Data was drawn from an eight-page questionnaire completed by 152 girls who participated in YWCA summer programs in various parts of the United States. Findings indicate that low body image was associated with several factors. Many factors concerned weight and included: (1) weight for height; (2) perceived weight; (3) worry about weight; (4) talking about weight; and (5) attempting to lose weight. Other factors associated with negative body image included comparison of appearance to that of others, teasing, wanting to be attractive to boys, negative comments, and lower levels of participation in organized sports. Girls with high body image were less preoccupied with and less worried about their weight, less likely to compare their appearance to that of others, and less likely to report wanting to be attractive to boys. Perceptions of their weight were similar for black and whites girls; however, black girls were more likely to consider themselves attractive, to like the way they looked, and to feel their bodies were competent and capable. Contains 14 references; 9 tables present data and statistical analysis. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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