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J Am Coll Health. 2010 May-Jun;58(6):507-14. doi: 10.1080/07448481003621742.

Individual and familial correlates of body satisfaction in male and female college students.

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  • 1Department of Child Development and Family Relations, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353, USA. siran@ecu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigates the relative contributions of global self-esteem, body mass index (BMI), dieting behaviors, and perceived parental control and care on body satisfaction among a nonclinical sample of college students.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

Participants (49 males and 299 females) reported weight and height (to calculate BMI) and completed the EAT 26 test. Perceived parental care and control, global self-esteem, and body satisfaction were measured and examined in relation to BMI and dieting behavior.

RESULTS:

High BMIs were associated with lower body satisfaction for both genders; dieting behavior, self-esteem, and perceived parental care and control demonstrated a unique gender-specific association among variables in prediction of body satisfaction and dieting behavior for each gender.

CONCLUSIONS:

Body satisfaction as a part of global self-esteem is constructed differently by males and females. Various aspects of parenting (care and control) are associated with self-esteem and body satisfaction for each gender, influencing dieting behavior.

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