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      Physical Correlates of College Students' Body Image Satisfaction Levels

      Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
      Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd

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          Whether or not the association between physical characteristics and body image satisfaction varies by gender was investigated. The sample included 148 male and 104 female college students aged 19-27 years. To assess body image satisfaction, the Body Image Satisfaction Questionnaire (Berscheid, Walster, & Bohrnstedt, 1973) was used. Body fat, waist to hip, chest to shoulder ratio, weight, and height were measured. The results indicate that males had significantly greater body image satisfaction than did females. There was a small but significant correlation between physical characteristics and body image satisfaction for females but not for males. The regression model, consisting of bodily measures, predicted a significant variance in female body image satisfaction. The same model failed to explain male body image satisfaction.

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          Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
          soc behav pers
          Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd
          0301-2212
          May 30 2011
          May 30 2011
          : 39
          : 4
          : 497-502
          Article
          10.2224/sbp.2011.39.4.497
          2dafc38d-6f4f-464c-ab2d-8441af2338fb
          © 2011
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