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ERIC Number: EJ778197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
The Effects of Gender and Family, Friend, and Media Influences on Eating Behaviors and Body Image during Adolescence
Ata, Rheanna N.; Ludden, Alison Bryant; Lally, Megan M.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n8 p1024-1037 Nov 2007
The current study expands upon body image research to examine how gender, self-esteem, social support, teasing, and family, friend, and media pressures relate to body image and eating-related attitudes and behaviors among male and female adolescents (N = 177). Results indicated that adolescents were dissatisfied with their current bodies: males were concerned with increasing their upper body, whereas females wanted to decrease the overall size of their body. Low self-esteem and social support, weight-related teasing, and greater pressures to lose weight were associated with adolescents' negative body esteem, body image, and eating attitudes. Females displayed more high risk eating behaviors--which were associated with more psychosocial risk factors--than males, whose high risk attitudes and behaviors were only associated with low parental support and greater pressure to be muscular. Reducing adolescents' perceptions of appearance-related pressure from family and friends may be key for enhancing body image and decreasing links between low self-esteem and negative eating behaviors and weight-related perceptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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