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Athletic-ideal and thin-ideal internalization as prospective predictors of body dissatisfaction, dieting, and compulsive exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20226748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although internalization of the thin ideal has been extensively researched and is now regarded as a risk factor for eating disturbance, endorsement of the firm, athletic body ideal has received only minimal attention. This short-term longitudinal study explored whether internalization of two aspects of the current cultural ideal (thinness and athleticism) prospectively predicted three potentially deleterious outcomes: body dissatisfaction, dieting, and compulsive exercise. Undergraduate women (N=231) completed self-report measures at the beginning of the academic year and again 7 months later (N=156 at Time 2). Athletic-ideal internalization predicted change in compulsive exercise over the 7-month study period but not body dissatisfaction or dieting; thin-ideal internalization predicted change in all three outcomes. When both internalization measures were tested simultaneously, neither contributed unique variance. Results suggest that athletic-ideal internalization is not as detrimental as thin-ideal internalization.
Kristin Homan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-03-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Body image     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1873-6807     ISO Abbreviation:  Body Image     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-04     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101222431     Medline TA:  Body Image     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  240-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Grove City College, Grove City, PA 16127, United States.
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MeSH Terms
Body Image*
Compulsive Behavior / psychology
Diet, Reducing / psychology
Eating Disorders / psychology
Exercise / psychology*
Internal-External Control*
Personal Satisfaction*
Prospective Studies
Psychometrics / methods
Self Concept
Social Values
Thinness / psychology*
Young Adult

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