Children's body image and social comparisons with peers and the media

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Tatangelo, Gemma and Ricciardelli, Lina A.. (2017) Children's body image and social comparisons with peers and the media. Journal of Health Psychology. 22(6), pp. 776 - 787. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105315615409
AuthorsTatangelo, Gemma and Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Abstract

Social comparisons are related to the development of body dissatisfaction among adolescents and adults, yet this relationship remains relatively unexamined among children. This study examines children’s peer and media-related social comparisons, and how this impacts on their body image. Children aged 8–10 years completed interviews (17 girls and 19 boys in individual interviews, and 16 girls and 16 boys in focus groups). Analyses revealed that appearance-related comparisons were more common among girls, whereas sports/ ability-related comparisons were more common for boys. In addition, boys viewed media comparisons as inspiring, whereas girls reported negative emotions. Implications for future research and prevention programmes are discussed.

Keywordsbody image; children; media influences; peer influences; social comparisons
Year2017
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Journal citation22 (6), pp. 776 - 787
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN1359-1053
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105315615409
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85018297034
Page range776 - 787
Research GroupMary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsD. F. Marks
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