The relative contribution of profile body shape and weight to judgements of women's physical attractiveness in Britain and Malaysia

Swami, V. and Tovee, M. J. (2007) The relative contribution of profile body shape and weight to judgements of women's physical attractiveness in Britain and Malaysia. Body Image, 4 (4). pp. 391-396. ISSN 1740-1445

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Abstract

Ninety-six Malaysian and British men rated for physical attractiveness a set of photographs of real women in profile, with known body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). Results showed that BMI accounted for the greater amount of variance in all settings. There were also significant differences in preferences for body weight, with low resource, low socioeconomic status (SES) raters preferring a significantly heavier partner than high resource, high SES raters. The disparity with previous findings using line drawings of women in profile was discussed in terms of the weaknesses of line-drawn stimuli.

Keywords:body mass, body size, body weight, cultural factor, Malaysia, social desirability, socioeconomics, Beauty, Body Mass Index, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Socioeconomic Factors, Waist-Hip Ratio
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:05 Aug 2017 22:18

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