An examination of multiple aspects of body image in racially/ethnically diverse emerging adults

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Abstract

The goal of the present study was to examine gender and racial/ethnic differences in three aspects of body image. Emerging adults (n = 254) from a non-residential college completed the appearance orientation and appearance evaluation subscales from the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire, and were asked to write what they like about their bodies. Participants' descriptions of what they liked about their bodies emphasized aesthetic more than functional features. Also, there were gender differences in liking muscle tone, breasts/chest, and eyes, and racial/ethnic differences in appearance orientation, appearance evaluation, and satisfaction with some racially defined features. Implications for future research and intervention programs on body image are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-88
Number of pages18
JournalNorth American Journal of Psychology
Volume15
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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