Attitudinal Assessment of Body Image for Adolescents and Adults
body image, measurement, global satisfaction, affect facets, behavioral facets, male-specific body image, cognition, attitudes
This chapter summarizes the measures available for each of four major dimensions of body image—global satisfaction, and affective, cognitive, and behavioral facets—with a special section devoted to male-specific body image measures. This chapter pertains to attitudinal assessments for adolescents and adults. Furthermore, this chapter focuses on dispositional, trait-level assessments of body image: Global subjective satisfaction or disturbance—these measures tap into one's overall evaluation of the body in terms of satisfaction; Affective distress regarding appearance—these measures assess one's emotions related to appearance, including stress, anxiety, or discomfort; Cognitive aspects of body image—these measures examine cognitions related to body image, such as appearance schemas, distorted thoughts or beliefs about one's body, and cognitive investment in appearance; Behavioral aspects of body image—this component of body image includes avoidance of situations or objects that evoke body image concerns and body-checking behaviors. In contrast to the assessment of the perceptual distortion component of body image, which is an area rife with methodological perplexity, this chapter covers measures that assess a person's self-perceptions or attitudes regarding body image. As with other self-report questionnaires, there are important issues and methodological concerns to consider when selecting a measure.
Was this content written or created while at USF?
Citation / Publisher Attribution
Attitudinal Assessment of Body Image for Adolescents and Adults, in T. F. Cash & L. Smolak (Eds.), Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention, Guilford Press, p. 154-169
Scholar Commons Citation
Menzel, Jessie E.; Krawczyk, Ross; and Thompson, Joel K., "Attitudinal Assessment of Body Image for Adolescents and Adults" (2011). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2043.