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"Who thinks I need a perfect body?" perceptions and internal dialogue among adolescents about their bodies

McCabe, Marita P. and Ricciardelli, Lina A. and Ridge, Damien T. (2006) "Who thinks I need a perfect body?" perceptions and internal dialogue among adolescents about their bodies. Sex Roles, 55 (5-6). pp. 409-419. ISSN 0360-0025

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11199-006-9093-0

Abstract

Objective: The main aim of this study was to provide a detailed examination of the nature of the messages that adolescent boys and girls receive about their body. Method: Forty adolescent boys and 40 adolescent girls participated in an in-depth interview to gain an understanding of the range of potential 'sources' of body-related messages. Results: Messages were organized around the source of these messages (self, mother, father, brother, sister, female friends, male friends, media). There were consistent gender differences in the way that adolescents received and interpreted messages about their bodies, with girls overall receiving more positive and negative messages than boys. Boys reported receiving virtually no negative messages from most people. Discussion: The content of internal dialogue among adolescents revealed that messages about the body could be interpreted, distorted and deflected. The implications of these findings for preventing body image related problems and disordered eating among adolescents are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adolescents, body image, gender, qualitative, social cultural
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:3693
Deposited On:03 Apr 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:31

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