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Type: Journal article
Title: Sociocultural influences and body image in 9- to 12-year-old girls: The role of appearance schemas
Author: Clark, L.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2007; 36(1):76-86
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1537-4416
1537-4424
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Levina Clark and Marika Tiggemann
Abstract: This study tested whether an individual's beliefs about the importance of appearance in their life is a mediator of sociocultural influences on body dissatisfaction in young girls. Participants were 265 girls in Grades 4 to 7 (M age = 10.71 years) from 5 private primary schools in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia. Girls completed questionnaire measures of appearance television and magazine exposure, peer appearance conversations, autonomy, appearance schemas, and body dissatisfaction. Appearance media exposure and peer appearance conversations were negatively related to body esteem, and autonomy positively predicted body esteem. Most important, appearance schemas mediated between all sociocultural variables and body dissatisfaction.
Rights: Copyright © 2007 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
DOI: 10.1080/15374410709336570
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