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Are there ethnic differences in positive body image among female British undergraduates?

Swami, Viren and Airs, Natalie and Chouhan, Bhavna and Padilla Leon, Maria Amparo and Towell, Anthony (2009) Are there ethnic differences in positive body image among female British undergraduates? European Psychologist, 14 (4). pp. 288-296. ISSN 1016-9040

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040.14.4.288


Numerous studies have examined ethnic differences in body image, although the literature has tended to focus on a negative orientation toward one’s body. The present study examined whether there were differences in positive body image among 131 Caucasian, 122 South Asian, 67 African Caribbean, and 67 Hispanic female undergraduates in Britain. Participants completed several scales measuring body appreciation, societal influence on body image, and self-esteem. Results showed that, after controlling for age, Hispanic women had the highest body appreciation scores, followed by African Caribbean, Caucasian, and South Asian women, respectively. Results also showed that Hispanics had the lowest score on media influence and the highest self-esteem. Finally, regressional analyses showed that self-esteem was a strong predictor of body appreciation, over-and-above ethnic affiliation. These results are discussed in relation to the extant literature on ethnic differences in body image.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:8328
Deposited On:19 Jul 2010 15:22
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