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ERIC Number: EJ747198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Social Physique Anxiety in Adolescence: An Exploration of Influences, Coping Strategies, and Health Behaviors
Sabiston, C. M.; Sedgwick, W. A.; Crocker, P. R. E.; Kowalski, K. C.; Mack, D. E.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v22 n1 p78-101 2007
This study explored adolescent females' experiences of social physique anxiety (SPA) and related coping strategies. A final sample of 31 adolescent females ages 13 to 18 years discussed dealing with SPA during individual semistructured interviews. Resultant themes pertaining to the transactional experiences of SPA were coded using content analysis. There were 107 unique coping strategies reported, which were coded into 10 subthemes. The main coping categories included behavioral and cognitive avoidance, appearance management, diet, social support, physical activity, reappraisal, cognitive deflection and comparison to others, seeking sexual attention, and substance use. Informed by a stress and coping framework, it is evident that body-related thoughts and emotions are linked to various adolescent health behaviors. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Vancouver)