A comparison of body-image dissatisfaction and eating disturbance among Australian and Hong Kong women

Sheffield, JK, Tse, KH and Sofronoff, K (2005) A comparison of body-image dissatisfaction and eating disturbance among Australian and Hong Kong women. European Eating Disorders Review, 13 2: 112-124. doi:10.1002/erv.641


Author Sheffield, JK
Tse, KH
Sofronoff, K
Title A comparison of body-image dissatisfaction and eating disturbance among Australian and Hong Kong women
Journal name European Eating Disorders Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1072-4133
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/erv.641
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 112
End page 124
Total pages 13
Editor Robert Palmer
Place of publication UK
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract The current cross-cultural study was designed to test the validity of a biopsychosocial mediation model which hypothesized that a variety of biological, psychological and social variables would have their mode of action upon eating disturbance through the mediation of body-image dissatisfaction. The biopsychosocial variables examined were body mass, self-esteem, weight-related teasing, previous dieting and sociocultural influences. Forty-eight Hong Kong and 100 Australian females aged 17-28 years were assessed. Results revealed no significant difference between the groups of women in levels of body dissatisfaction and eating disturbance; however, different variables in the biopsychosocial model appeared to have contributed to their predisposition to these conditions. The findings suggest that there appear to exist important cultural differences in various aspects of dieting and body image in young women. Implications for prevention, treatment and future research are discussed. Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
Keyword Psychology, Clinical
Culture
Body-image Dissatisfaction
Eating Disturbance
Biopsychosocial Risk Factors
Caucasian College-women
African-american
Weight Concerns
Self-esteem
Adolescent Girls
Asian-american
Disorders
Attitudes
Validation
Females
Q-Index Code C1

 
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