ERIC Number: EJ748202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Boys and Body Image: Weight and Muscularity Concerns as Dual Pathways to Body Dissatisfaction
Jones, Diane Carlson; Crawford, Joy K.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v34 n6 p629-636 Dec 2005
This research evaluated a dual pathway model for body dissatisfaction among adolescent boys. The study provides empirical support for the importance of distinguishing between weight and muscularity concerns in understanding male body image. A total of 128 boys from grades 8 and 11 completed a self-report questionnaire. Results indicated that weight and muscularity concerns each made unique contributions to body dissatisfaction and were associated with distinct individual and peer context characteristics. Weight concern was associated with elevated BMI and more frequent appearance conversations with friends. Muscularity concern was significantly greater among boys who reported more frequent muscle-building conversations, had lower BMI, and were older. The results support the importance of distinguishing between and assessing both muscularity and weight concerns in the development of body image dissatisfaction among adolescent boys.
Descriptors: Models, Adolescents, Males, Body Weight, Self Concept, Grade 8, Grade 11, Measurement Techniques, Questionnaires, Muscular Strength
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 8
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