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J Health Psychol. 2006 Jul;11(4):567-76.

'Body image is for girls': a qualitative study of boys' body image.

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Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada.


Although a considerable and informative literature on boys' body image is beginning to emerge, this literature has been guided strongly by theorizing about female body image. The present study aimed to gain access to boys' own ideas and terminology regarding their body image. The participants (aged 14 to 16 years) said that they are satisfied with their appearance, but some conceded their physical appearance to be more important than they like to admit. Boys do not believe that the mass media influences their body image and said they do not talk about body image because it is a feminine or gay issue.

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