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ERIC Number: EJ1154784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1696-2095
Improving Body Satisfaction in Preadolescent Girls and Boys: Short-Term Effects of a School-Based Program
Hinz, Arnold
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v15 n2 p241-258 Sep 2017
Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate the school-based "My Body and I" program which was designed to help girls and boys to cope better with inevitable pubertal body changes. Method: Using a pre-post treatment-control design with 25 treatment and 17 control classes from schools in Germany and France (484 boys, 485 girls; mean age: 10.5 years), changes were measured between a pretest and a posttest. Results: Compared with the control condition, students in the treatment condition exhibited a significant increase in knowledge (effect size = 0.89), a decrease in body dissatisfaction (ES = 0.12), body shape concerns (ES = 0.11), and a shift away from the thin ideal (ES = 0.13). Discussion and Conclusion: The findings suggest that "My Body and I" is an effective primary prevention program reducing the risk for body dissatisfaction among 4th and 5th graders.
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; France
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Eating Disorder Inventory
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