Body shape perceptions of preadolescent and young adolescent children

Parkinson, K. N. and Tovee, Martin and Cohen-Tovee, E. M. (1998) Body shape perceptions of preadolescent and young adolescent children. European Eating Disorders Review, 6 (2). pp. 126-135. ISSN 1072-4133

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Abstract

Objective: to investigate age and gender effects on body figure perceptions in a non-referred preadolescent and young adolescent population. Method: self-ratings of body shape, choices of current ideal body shape and choices of ideal older adolescent body shape from a range of line drawings of figures in a sample of 1150 school children. Results: Girls in all age groups indicated a desire to be leaner than their perceived current shape. Boys in the younger age groups indicated a desire to be heavier than their perceived current shape whereas boys in the older age groups indicated a desire to be leaner than their perceived current shape. Both genders perceived the 'ideal older adolescent' body shape of the opposite gender to be leaner than the ideal shape of their own gender. Boys preferred increasingly heavier male and increasingly leaner female older adolescent body shapes with age. Conclusion: There are significant gender effects in the perception of body shape preferences.

Keywords:adolescent, body build, body image, body mass, body size, body weight, female, lean body weight, school child, self concept, sex difference, body shape perception, adolescent children, gender effects
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 > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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