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ERIC Number: EJ848356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Racial Identity and the Development of Body Image Issues among African American Adolescent Girls
Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy; Howling, Stephanie A.; Leavy, Patricia; Lovejoy, Meg
Qualitative Report, v9 n1 p49-79 Mar 2004
This study focuses on the impact of race, and its intersection with gender, in influencing and/or preventing the development of disordered body image. Specifically, Black samples are examined to see the role that racial identity plays in the process of developing such attitudes. Using qualitative data analysis methods rooted in grounded theory, the study finds that race is intrinsically linked to the notion of self-esteem, non-internalization, and maternal support, and that in turn these factors serve to prevent the African American sample from the development of body image dissatisfaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts