Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Self-Concept and Body Image Dissatisfaction in West Australian Adolescent Boys and Girls

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Self-Concept and Body Image Dissatisfaction in West Australian Adolescent Boys and Girls

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Author(s): Katerina Chin-A-Loy[sup.1,2], Monique Robinson[sup.2], Karina Allen[sup.1,2], Peter Jacoby[sup.2] and Neil McLean[sup.1]

Discrepancies between current body image perception and desired body image represent levels of body image dissatisfaction (BID). This study investigated the relationship between BID and multidimensional self-concept in adolescents from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study. We hypothesized that BID is influenced by specific domains of the self-concept with gender differences. The Raine Study 14-year follow-up involved 1425 Caucasian adolescents (744 boys, 681 girls). The Body Figure Perception Scale explored adolescents' body image. Harter's Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents measured self-concept through 9 domains. Data analysis was performed using linear regression models. We found that 38% of boys wanted to be thinner, and 21% wanted to be bigger; while 63% of girls wanted to be thinner, and 6% wanted to be bigger. …

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