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Body image and body mass index: An investigation of preadolescent low-income, urban ethnic minority girls


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Utilizing a sample of low-income, urban preadolescent African American and Latina girls, this study examined ethnic differences in two aspects of body image (i.e., body dissatisfaction and weight descriptions), and determined if this relation varied as a function of age. This study also examined the relation between the body image variables and self-esteem and BMI and self-esteem, and determined if these relations differed depending on age or ethnicity. Participants were recruited from 3rd through 5th grade at five Chicago Public Schools, and completed measures of body dissatisfaction, weight descriptions, self-esteem, and had their anthropometric measurements taken. Results showed that Latina girls experienced more body dissatisfaction than African American girls, while no differences emerged for weight descriptions. Body dissatisfaction was the only variable that was significantly related to self-esteem, and this relation was strongest for younger, Latina girls. Overall, older girls in the sample demonstrated higher self-esteem and decreased body dissatisfaction. These findings have important implications for developing prevention and intervention programs, and explanations for understanding these results are discussed.

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Subject
Clinical psychology
Classification
0622: Clinical psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Body image; Body mass index; Minority; Preadolescence
Title
Body image and body mass index: An investigation of preadolescent low-income, urban ethnic minority girls
Author
Ward, Amanda K.
Number of pages
54
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0112
Source
MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267140340
Advisor
Bohnert, Amy M.
Committee member
Gaylord-Harden, Noni
University/institution
Loyola University Chicago
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1505667
ProQuest document ID
919489301
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/919489301
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