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Eat Disord. 2005 May-Jun;13(3):291-301.

Childhood beauty pageant contestants: associations with adult disordered eating and mental health.

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Abstract

This study evaluated the association between childhood beauty pageants and adult disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, depression, and self-esteem. Eleven women who participated in childhood beauty pageants were matched on age and BMI with 11 non-participating women. Childhood pageant participants scored higher on body dissatisfaction, interpersonal distrust, and impulse dysregulation than non-participants, and showed a trend toward greater ineffectiveness. There were no significant differences between groups on measures of bulimia, body perception, depression, and self-esteem. These findings suggest childhood beauty pageant participation may influence adult body dissatisfaction, interpersonal distrust, and impulse dysregulation, but not bulimic behaviors, body perception, depression, and self-esteem.

PMID:
16864534
DOI:
10.1080/10640260590932896

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