An examination of the factor structure of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-3 in Malaysia

Swami, Viren (2009) An examination of the factor structure of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-3 in Malaysia. Body Image, 6 (2). 129 -132. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.01.003

Abstract

The present study examined the factor structure of a Malay translation of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-3 among a community sample of 554 Malaysian women. Results of an exploratory factor analysis revealed the existence of four factors, two of which (Information and Internalization-Athlete) mirrored those found among Western samples. An additional factor was an amalgamation of two factors reported in the West, namely Pressure and Internalization-General. A fourth factor consisted of six items, four of which cross-loaded onto previous factors, and was consequently dropped from analyses. Cronbach's ? coefficients for the three retained factors were all above .82, and the three factors were significantly correlated with each other and with participants’ body mass index. The results of this study stress the need for locally developed scales in the study of body image and a shift away from reliance on scales developed in the West.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2009 11:13
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2009 15:08
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/6186

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