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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||North American Journal of Psychology|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science