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The Development of Body Image in Early Childhood
by Kean, Alison, M.A., Mills College, 2012, 35; 1510810
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined whether children of preschool age (3- to 5 year-olds) are developing body image. A review of literature suggested that children have body image after preschool, which indicates that body image develops during the preschool years. This quantitative study analyzed how 60 children ages 3- to 5 years old perceived figures of different body sizes and shapes. I hypothesized that preschool aged children would show signs of body image development and that their awareness of weight biases would increase with age. The results concluded that children 4- to 5 year-olds are developing body image. However, the findings for 3 year-olds were inconclusive. This study provided insight as to how children’s awareness of size and shape affects their self-perception and attitudes towards others.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kroll, Linda
Commitee: Greer, Sandra C., Kroll, Linda, Shimpi, Priya
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Early childhood education, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Body dissatisfaction, Body image, Early childhood, Eating disorders, Preschool
Publication Number: 1510810
ISBN: 978-1-267-35493-8
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