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Adolescence. 2009 Winter;44(176):1017-31.

Peer influence on adolescent boys' appearance management behaviors.

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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Baylor University, One Bear Place 97346, Waco, TX 76798, USA. Jay_Yoo@baylor.edu

Abstract

The primary objective of this research is to understand peer influence on adolescent boys' appearance management behaviors and their risk perception of these behaviors; 155 adolescent boys, average age 14.3, participated in the study. Descriptive statistics and Chi-square tests revealed that adolescent boys engaged in many types of behaviors, although they perceived some of them as unhealthy. When compared with adolescent boys who showed low peer influence, those with high peer influence engaged in the following behaviors more frequently: sunbathing, using tanning booths, waxing skin, and spa treatments. The findings suggest a need for further investigation regarding the motivation for and impediments to adolescent boys' appearance management behaviors.

PMID:
20432614
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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