The Body Esteem Scale: Multidimensional Structure and Sex Differences in a College Population

Stephen L. Franzoi, Stephanie A. Shields

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Norms and reliability and validity data are presented for an objectively scored Body Esteem Scale. Factor analysis of the scale revealed that body esteem is a multidimensional construct which differs for males and females. For males, the body esteem dimensions dealt with physical attractiveness, upper body strength, and physical condition. For females, the dimensions dealt with sexual attractiveness, weight concern, and physical condition. The three aspects of males’ body esteem were more highly intercorrelated than those of the females, indicating a greater degree of body esteem differentiation for females than for males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1984


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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