Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Differences in body satisfaction and self-esteem in White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian females at a small college
by Moretti, Lisa L., M.S., College of Saint Elizabeth, 2010, 71; 1500117
Abstract (Summary)

Poor body image and low self-esteem have been accepted as factors increasing the risk of the development of eating disorders in women. For decades research was conducted with populations of mostly White women focusing little on other races. The recent attention to ethnic differences in body image and self-esteem have not provided consistent results. With the shift in the definition of beauty in the United States that is more inclusive of differing ethnicities and body shapes prior conclusions may be invalidated. This study examined the self-esteem and body perception of Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian women at a small college. A relationship was found between self-esteem and body satisfaction independent of ethnicity. Black women were found to have the highest self-esteem and to be more satisfied with their bodies than any other group yet their mean body mass index is considered to be overweight.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Burge, Jean
Commitee: Burge, Jean, Huber, Herm, Lasker, Susan
School: College of Saint Elizabeth
Department: Foods and Nutrition Department
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Nutrition, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Anorexia, Body satisfaction, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Ethnicity, Self-esteem
Publication Number: 1500117
ISBN: 978-1-124-91190-8
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