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LATER ADOLESCENTS' REACTIONS TO THREE TYPES OF CHILDHOOD TEASING: RELATIONS WITH SELF-ESTEEM AND BODY IMAGE

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The purposes of this study were: 1) to examine how predictive three types of childhood teasing (competency, weight, and appearance) were of later self-esteem; and 2) to examine how predictive these same three variables were of later body image. Additionally, the pattern of relations for each gender was be explored. Each of these questions will be explored for males and females separately. The participants in this study were 89 female and 75 male undergraduates from two midwestern universities, with a mean age of 20. Results showed that more frequent teasing in childhood was significantly predictive of lower self-esteem and poorer body image among females and males. However, the findings varied by teasing types. Certain types of teasing were found to be related to self-esteem and body image while other types of teasing were not. Different patterns emerged for each gender. Implications of these findings and applications for professionals are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2000.28.5.471

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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