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J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1998 Feb;39(2):255-62.

Adolescent body image dissatisfaction: relationships with self-esteem, anxiety, and depression controlling for body mass.

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Department of Psychology, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.


The current study examined the relationships of anxiety, depression, and self-esteem with Perceived Body Image Dissatisfaction (PBID) in a nonclinical population of 516 adolescents, aged 12 to 18. The prevalence of PBID was comparative with previous findings. Interestingly, actual body mass and psychological well-being variables were found to be significantly related with PBID, whilst being independent of each other. Findings support proposals that PBID arises from a complex interplay of factors, including gender, self-esteem, and actual body mass. In particular, our findings highlight the need for future research of a prospective nature incorporating psychological, sociocultural, and maturational factors.

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