Sociocultural predictors of physical appearance concerns among adolescent girls and young women from China

Jackson, Todd, and Chen, Hong (2008) Sociocultural predictors of physical appearance concerns among adolescent girls and young women from China. Sex Roles, 58 (5-6). pp. 402-411.

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Abstract

This research assessed the extent to which sociocultural predictors of body dissatisfaction implicated in Western studies extend to the prediction of physical appearance concerns among young women and adolescent girls in Southwest China. In Study 1, 408 Chinese university-age women completed measures of fatness concern (FC), facial appearance concerns (FAC), sociocultural influence (i.e., appearance pressure, comparison, teasing), and demographics. In hierarchical regression analyses, appearance pressure and comparison predicted both FC and FAC, independent of other factors. In Study 2, effects of appearance pressure and comparison were replicated among middle school (n = 346) and high school (n = 563) girls. Together, findings suggest that appearance pressure and social comparison correspond with specific body image concerns of young females in China.

Item ID: 7126
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: body image; female; sociocultural; China; body dissatisfaction; physical appearance concern; sociocultural pressure; People’s Republic of China
ISSN: 1573-2762
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2010 23:22
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 70%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 20%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 10%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 100%
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