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ERIC Number: EJ1049601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
The Friendship Study: An Examination of Weight-Based Stigmatization during the Elementary and Middle School Years
Kihm, Holly Spencer
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v106 n2 p37-44 2014
Children who struggle with weight management often endure a broad range of consequences, including stigmatization, well into adulthood. With an increase in the prevalence of overweight children, there are now more children at risk of being stigmatized. The purpose of this study was to examine stigmatization across the elementary and middle school years. Children were asked to rank 10 drawings of other children in the order in which they would select them to be their friend. The data showed that children still show bias against overweight children. School-based programs continue to be needed, and they may be more effective if there is greater emphasis on weight acceptance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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