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ERIC Number: EJ862178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Body Image Concerns in College-Aged Male Physical Education Students: A Descriptive Inquiry
Olson, Michele S.; Esco, Michael R.; Willifo, Hank
Physical Educator, v66 n1 p45-54 Win 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine body image concerns in college-aged male physical education majors. Sixty volunteers completed validated body image instruments including two-dimensional figure drawings. In general, the sample reported that they preferred a larger, more muscular physique reflective of male images that currently abound the mainstream media. More specifically, a sub-group of 21 subjects desired a larger, more muscular lower body. It should also be noted that 11 subjects, which represents just over 18% of the entire sample, exhibited a marked preference for increased size; a result that was associated with substantially elevated scores for body dissatisfaction. According the literature, these subjects are at an increased risk for clinical body image and/or eating disorders. Thus, the results of this study indicate that male physical education students expressed a consistent desire for a more muscular, larger physique. Finally, figure drawings that depict a range of muscularity across different body regions appear viable in assessing body image in young men. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A