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Body image attitude among Chinese college students
Wang, Kui1,2; Liang, Rui1,2; Ma, Zhen-Ling3; Chen, Jue4; Cheung, Eric F. C.5; Roalf, David R.6; Gur, Ruben C.6; Chan, Raymond C. K.1,2,7
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The present study aimed to examine body image attitude in Chinese college students and related psychological consequences. A silhouette-matching test was administered to 425 college students in mainland China. Self-esteem, negative emotions, subjective well-being, and eating-disorder-related weight-controlling behaviors were also measured. Only 12.9% of the participants were satisfied with their figure and the extent of body image dissatisfaction was comparable for both sexes. The majority of the female participants indicated a preference to be more slender. Their ideal figure was underweight and was far smaller than the most attractive female figure chosen by male participants. For male participants, the proportion wanting a fuller figure was comparable to that wanting a slimmer figure. Among female participants, body image dissatisfaction negatively correlated with self-esteem and subjective well-being, and positively correlated with negative emotions. Drive for thinness correlated with eating-disorder-related weight-controlling behaviors not only for females, but also for males. Body image dissatisfaction, as a diagnostic feature for major subtypes of eating disorders, may signal serious concern among Chinese college students.

Keywordbody image eating disorder negative emotion self-esteem sex
Indexed BySSCI
Funding OrganizationChina Scholarship Council(201504910065) ; CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences(KLMH2014ZG09)
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000428527100004
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
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Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Inst Psychol, Neuropsychol & Appl Cognit Neurosci Lab, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Peking Union Med Coll, Sch Nursing, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, Sch Med, Shanghai Mental Hlth Ctr, Psychosomat Unit, Shanghai, Peoples R China
5.Castle Peak Hosp, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
6.Univ Penn, Dept Psychiat, Perelman Sch Med, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
7.Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ, Sch Med, Shanghai Mental Hlth Ctr, Translat Neuropsychol & Appl Cognit Neurosci Lab, Shanghai, Peoples R China
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Wang, Kui,Liang, Rui,Ma, Zhen-Ling,et al. Body image attitude among Chinese college students[J]. PSYCH JOURNAL,2018,7(1):31-40.
APA Wang, Kui.,Liang, Rui.,Ma, Zhen-Ling.,Chen, Jue.,Cheung, Eric F. C..,...&Chan, Raymond C. K..(2018).Body image attitude among Chinese college students.PSYCH JOURNAL,7(1),31-40.
MLA Wang, Kui,et al."Body image attitude among Chinese college students".PSYCH JOURNAL 7.1(2018):31-40.
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