Body Build Satisfaction and the Congruency of Body Build Perceptions

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Abstract:

Female subjects were classified as satisfied (n = 15) or dissatisfied (n = 15) with their body build and were administered the Somatotype Rating Scale. The SRS allowed subjects to rate their own body build, their wished for body build, the typical female body build, and the body build of a same-sex best friend and a dating partner. Compared with dissatisfied subjects, satisfied subjects showed greater congruency between their own and wished-for body build, and greater congruency between their own and friend/date body builds, but less congruency between their own body build and the female body build stereotype.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1979.7.1.77

Publication date: January 1, 1979

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