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ERIC Number: ED527077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-1679-0
Perceived Body Image Satisfaction: Impact on Romantic Relationships of African American Adult Females
Ratliff, Candy H.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Texas Southern University
The size, shape and physical attractiveness of a woman's body are linked to her sexuality. As women age, changes occur to their bodies that may cause them anxiety over the socially constructed body image norms that are promoted within this society. Researchers posit that the standard of our culture seems to create more problems for women as they move through their middle and later years. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of perceived body image satisfaction on romantic relationships of African American adult females. Additionally, this study examined the influence of age, educational level, employment status, income, marital status, religious preference, and number of children on the sexual attitudes of African American adult females. The sample consisted of two hundred fifteen African American adult females. The Body Image States Scale (BISS), Body Image Self-Consciousness Scale (BISC), Body Image Ideals Questionnaire (BIQ), Body Image Disturbance Questionnaire (BIDQ), and Ratliff Female Demographic Data Form were used to collect data. The Chi Square ([chi][superscript 2]) test was utilized to determine whether or not there were significant differences between selected variables and African American adult females' sexual attitudes. All hypotheses were tested at the 0.05 level or better. From this study it was concluded that perceived body image satisfaction impacts romantic relationship of African American adult females. It is recommended that therapists are responsive to the needs of African American adult females pertaining to perceptions of body images as it relates to sexual attitudes. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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