Assessing positive body image, body satisfaction, weight bias, and appearance comparison in emerging adults: a cross-validation study across eight countries.

Aimé, Anne, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Dion, Jacinthe, Markey, Charlotte H., Strodl, Esben, McCabe, Marita, Mellor, David, Granero Gallegose, Antonio, Pietrabissa, Giada, Alcaraz-Ibáneze, Manuel, Bégin, Catherine, Blackburn, Marie-Ève, Caltabiano, Marie, Castelnuovo, Gianluca, Gullo, Salvatore, Hayami-Chisuwa, Naomi, He, Qiqiang, Lo Coco, Gianluca, Manzonie, Gian Mauro, Probst, Michel, Rodgers, Rachel F., Sicilia, Alvaro, and Maïano, Christophe (2020) Assessing positive body image, body satisfaction, weight bias, and appearance comparison in emerging adults: a cross-validation study across eight countries. Body Image, 35. pp. 320-332.

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Abstract

Positive body image refers to individuals’ ability to conceptualize their bodies with love, respect, and appreciation. The study of positive body image is relatively new, and instruments used to investigate this multi-faceted construct have received limited use in non-English speaking countries. Thus, the aim of this investigation is to consider four measures that are associated with positive body image across eight different countries. Participants (n = 6272) completed the Body Appreciation Scale-2, the Body Areas Satisfaction Scale, the Physical Appearance Comparison Scale, and the Weight Bias Internalization Scale. Multi-group confirmatory factor analyses (MG-CFAs) and item-response theory (IRT) models were used to examine the measurement invariance of these surveys. Our results generally suggest that positive body image, weight bias, and appearance comparison can be assessed using brief assessments and that these four instruments can be used in different countries, but care should be taken to consider individuals’ gender, BMI, and socio-economic position.

Item ID: 65193
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6807
Keywords: positive body image, emerging adults, socio-demographic characteristics
Copyright Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2020 21:28
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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