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A Gender Study on Mexican College Students’ Body-Image Perception
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages: 166-169
Received: Oct. 8, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 24, 2015; Published: Nov. 3, 2015
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Jose R. Blanco, Faculty of Physical Culture Sciences, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México
Nestor E. Rivera, Faculty of Physical Culture Sciences, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México
Javier B. Gonzalez, Faculty of Physical Culture Sciences, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México
Judith M. Rodriguez-Villalobos, Faculty of Physical Culture Sciences, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México
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Abstract
The purpose of the present study is to compare the scores on current, ideal, and social body shape and body size dissatisfaction between Mexican male and female college students. A total sample of 1,497 participants, 739 women and 758 men, aged 18-29 years participated in this study. A quantitative approach with a descriptive and transversal survey design was used. All the participants completed the Contour Drawing Rating Scale. The results of the one-way multivariate analysis of variance, followed by the one-way univariate analyses of variance, showed that compared to men, women expressed a greater discrepancy between ideal and actual body shape and lower score of ideal body shape. However, in the current body shape and social body shape no statistically significant differences were found. Because of the found body-image perception differences between men and women, results suggest that in order to design any intervention for improving students’ perceived body image, the gender variable should be taken into account.
Keywords
Body Image, Gender Differences, Body Size Dissatisfaction, Figure Rating Scale
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Jose R. Blanco, Nestor E. Rivera, Javier B. Gonzalez, Judith M. Rodriguez-Villalobos, A Gender Study on Mexican College Students’ Body-Image Perception, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2015, pp. 166-169. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20150406.17
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