Development of a Body Dissatisfaction Scale assessment tool

Mutale, G.J., Dunn, A.K. ORCID: 0000-0003-3226-1734, Stiller, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-6122-5911 and Larkin, R.F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8690-1111, 2016. Development of a Body Dissatisfaction Scale assessment tool. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 13 (2), pp. 47-57. ISSN 1931-793X

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The present research details the development of a new pictorial scale (Body Dissatisfaction Scale) to be used in the measurement of body dissatisfaction. The scale comprises nine female and nine male images of computer generated bodies that increase successively in body weight. Using a sample of 190 students female = 130, male = 60) results showed that the new scale exhibits good validity, with participants being able to correctly identify body weight differences between all bodies in the scale. Evidence for construct validity was demonstrated by significant correlations between ratings of perceived actual body size using the current scale and participants' BMI. Body dissatisfaction measured using the current scale was also negatively correlated with a measure of body appreciation. Test-retest reliability remained stable over a 5 week period. The scale improves on previous pictorial scales by offering both male and female versions while offering improved realism and consistency between images.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The New School Psychology Bulletin
Creators: Mutale, G.J., Dunn, A.K., Stiller, J. and Larkin, R.F.
Publisher: The New School Psychology Bulletin
Date: 2016
Volume: 13
Number: 2
ISSN: 1931-793X
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 17 Aug 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 14:26

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