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Self-image Differences as Related to Body Image of Students in a Middle School

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Objective: To examine whether gender and ethnic self-image differences exist among Asian and white adolescents within the context of body image. Methods: One hundred seventy-seven students in a Midwestern US middle school were surveyed on self-image. Analyzed using 2-way ANOVA by gender and race. Results: Asian students have lower self-image compared to white students, including the subcomponents of self-esteem, identity, and integrity. Conclusions: Asian students have more critical feelings about themselves, base their identities on a few sources rather than on diverse sources, and choose unrealistic standards. However, Asian girls scored better on the image-consciousness subscale.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA

Publication date: 2012-07-01

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