The development of preferences for specific body shapes

Connolly, J. M., Slaughter, V. and Mealey, L. (2004) The development of preferences for specific body shapes. Journal of Sex Research, 41 1: 5-15.

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Author Connolly, J. M.
Slaughter, V.
Mealey, L.
Title The development of preferences for specific body shapes
Journal name Journal of Sex Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4499
Publication date 2004-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 15
Total pages 11
Editor J. DeLamater
Place of publication Allentown, PA
Publisher Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Research with adults has shown a preference for average-weight female figures with waist-to-hip ratios (WHR) of 0.7, and average weight male figures with waist-to-hip ratios of 0.9. This study investigated the development of preferences for WHR sizes as well as preferences for specific body weights. Five-hundred eleven children ranging in age from 6 to 17 were presented with drawings of 12 male and 12 female silhouettes varying in weight and WHR and asked to select one they thought looked the nicest or most attractive. The youngest children showed preferences for the underweight figures, changing to consistent preferences for the average weight figures in the teenage years. The developmental curves for waist-to-hip ratio preferences were linear, changing gradually over time to become more adult-like. Potential developmental models for the development of preferences for specific body shapes are considered in relation to these data.
Keyword Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Female Physical Attractiveness
Womens Attractiveness
Fat Distribution
Psychology, Clinical
Q-Index Code C1

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