Predictive models for understanding body dissatisfaction among young males and females in China

Chen, Hong, Gao, Xiao, and Jackson, Todd (2007) Predictive models for understanding body dissatisfaction among young males and females in China. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (6). pp. 1345-1356.

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Abstract

The present study was designed to develop predictive models for understanding body dissatisfaction among young males and females (N ¼ 1377) in China. Six factors were assessed, including body mass index (BMI), perception of teasing, social pressure to be thin, appearance comparison, thin-ideal internalization and perceived social support. Variables were examined respectively for males and females. One SEM model, which had good fit indices, was developed for each gender. For both genders, BMI exerted its influence on body image directly and indirectly through perception of teasing. Two sources of sociocultural influence, perception of teasing and social pressure to be thin, also directly predicted body dissatisfaction. Gender differences were found in the relation between mediational mechanisms (social comparison and thin-ideal internalization) and body dissatisfaction. For females but not males, social comparison and internalization acted as weak but significant mediators between sociocultural influence and body image concerns. Implications and limitations are discussed.

Item ID: 2720
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-622X
Keywords: body image; risk factors; teasing; social pressure; gender; SEM models; China
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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2009 22:56
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE @ 100%
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