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Weight bias against women in a university acceptance scenario

Swami, Viren and Monk, R. (2013) Weight bias against women in a university acceptance scenario. Journal of General Psychology, 140 (1). pp. 45-56. ISSN 0022-1309

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221309.2012.726288

Abstract

This study examined weight bias against women in a hypothetical university acceptance scenario. One-hundred-and-ninety-eight volunteers from the community in Britain completed a weight bias measure in which they were asked to select the woman they were most and least likely to select for a place at university from an array of figures varying in body size. Participants also completed the Anti-Fat Attitudes Survey, the Short-Form of the Fat Phobia Scale, the Attitudes Toward Obese Persons Scale, and the Beliefs About Obese Persons Scale. Results showed that participants were biased against both obese (> 30 kg/m2) and emaciated (<15 kg/m2) women. Further analyses showed that weight bias was only significantly predicted by greater antipathy toward fat persons and more negative attitudes toward obese persons. These results provide evidence that the general public hold biased beliefs about access to higher educational opportunities as a function of the body size of applicants.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:11406
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 13:50
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