German translation and psychometric evaluation of the Body Appreciation Scale

Swami, Viren, Stieger, Stefan, Haubner, Tanja and Voracek, Martin (2008) German translation and psychometric evaluation of the Body Appreciation Scale. Body Image, 5 (1). pp. 122-127. ISSN 1740-1445

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This paper examined the psychometric properties of the German version of the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS), a novel scale for the assessment of positive body image. Based on a community sample of 156 women and 144 men in Austria, results showed good internal reliability and construct validity for the BAS scores, as well as a unidimensional factor structure for both women and men. Specifically, Cronbach's alpha was high for both women (? = .90) and men (? = .85), and the BAS was correlated with the body esteem scale and self-esteem. In addition, women with lower BMIs reported greater body appreciation, but no such association was found for men. Finally, there were small sex differences in BAS scores, with men scoring more positively than women (Cohen's d = 0.26). The German BAS, a useful indicator of positive body image among Austrian adults, should prove valuable for the assessment of body image in German-speaking countries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 19 May 2008 09:21
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2011 09:02

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