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Body-Image Perceptions: Reliability of A BMI-Based Silhouette Matching Test

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Objective: To assess the reliability of a BMI-based Silhouette Matching Test (BMI-SMT). Methods: The perceptions of ideal and current body images of 215 ninth through twelfth graders' were assessed at 5 different schools within a mid-Atlantic state public school system. Results: Findings provided quantifiable data and discriminating measurements of community and population-based body image perceptions. Conclusions: The BMI-SMT technique provided reliable information to help community and individual-based programs track and measure body-image perception data among individuals and populations.

Keywords: assessment; body image; body mass index; perceptions; silhouette test

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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