Ethnic differences in women's body satisfaction: An experimental investigation
Journal/Book: J Soc Psychol. 1996; 136: 1319 Eighteenth St NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Heldref Publications. 689-697.
Abstract: This investigation was conducted so that a clearer picture of the complex relationship between ethnicity and body satisfaction could be obtained. Although body satisfaction has recently been shown to be influenced by several factors, such as mood, no studies investigating the stability of body satisfaction (to date) have examined whether there are ethnic differences in how such factors influence body satisfaction. Eighty-four White women and 33 Black women (U.S. Undergraduates) were given bogus positive or negative social feedback so that the effect of the feedback on their body satisfaction could be determined. Results indicated positive feedback increased and negative feedback decreased the body satisfaction of White women in the expected directions, but there was no such effect for the Black women. The relevance of these findings in the understanding of bulimia nervosa and eating disorders is discussed, as is the need to differentiate between ethnic groups.
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Keyword(s): EATING DISORDER INVENTORY; ANOREXIA-NERVOSA; BULIMIA-NERVOSA; PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT; COLLEGE POPULATION; SEX-DIFFERENCES; SIZE ESTIMATION; ESTEEM SCALE; IMAGE; WEIGHT