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.
|Commitee:||Greer, Sandra C., Kroll, Linda, Shimpi, Priya|
|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|
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