Body image: A study in a tri-ethnic sample of low income women

Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Heather Littleton, Abbey Berenson

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Abstract

This study was designed to examine the evaluative, affective, and behavioral components of body image among 1,217 low-income European American, African American, and Latina women. Participants completed a multidimensional body image questionnaire while awaiting an outpatient clinic appointment. Body mass index (BMI) was determined by medical chart review. Nearly all normal weight and a number of overweight and obese African Americans characterized their weight as normal. In contrast, nearly all overweight and obese European Americans and Latinas regarded themselves as overweight as did over 30% of those of normal weight. European Americans and Latinas with higher BMIs reported more appearance shame than their lower BMI peers did; this pattern was not observed among African Americans. Among Latinas, body image was influenced by length of residency in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-380
Number of pages8
JournalSex Roles
Volume56
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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Keywords

  • Body image
  • Body mass index
  • Minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies

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Body image : A study in a tri-ethnic sample of low income women. / Breitkopf, Carmen Radecki; Littleton, Heather; Berenson, Abbey.

In: Sex Roles, Vol. 56, No. 5-6, 03.2007, p. 373-380.

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Breitkopf, Carmen Radecki ; Littleton, Heather ; Berenson, Abbey. / Body image : A study in a tri-ethnic sample of low income women. In: Sex Roles. 2007 ; Vol. 56, No. 5-6. pp. 373-380.
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