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Factors that influence body image representations of black Muslim women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18384923     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Research on the body image perceptions of black women is limited. Although previous body image studies have explored the intersection between race and gender, the influence of religion has been neglected. Guided by a grounded theory framework, the focus of this investigation, conducted in Upstate New York, USA, was to examine the role of race and religion in the body image perceptions of 22 African-American Sunni Muslim women. Analysis of individual interviews revealed that, in contrast to using standard medical guidelines, participants' views about their bodies were largely based on positive images of an earlier body size/shape, social and family expectations and contexts, cultural norms and values, and spirituality and religious beliefs. Although the body image perceptions of black Muslim women were similar to those expressed in previous body image studies with black women, participants expressed the importance of highlighting the spiritual versus physical self by adhering to religious guidelines regarding proper dress and appearance. These findings suggest that religion, race, and gender are all important factors to be considered when conducting body image studies with black women.
Authors:
Angela Odoms-Young
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2008-04-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-19     Completed Date:  2008-10-08     Revised Date:  2014-09-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2573-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
African Americans*
Body Image*
Clothing
Female
Humans
Islam*
Middle Aged
Religion and Medicine
Spirituality
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
P60 DK020595/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; P60 DK020595-306781/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; T32 DK007158-29/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS
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