Never good enough : body image dissatisfaction amongst Native-Dominican and Dominican American female adolescents.
The current study investigated “ideal body image” among Native-Dominican and Dominican-American female adolescents and the factors that relate to body image dissatisfaction. Adolescents (N=109) completed questionnaires assessing body image dissatisfaction, self-esteem, body-esteem, mother & father dieting influence, family teasing and criticism, pressure from the media, internalization of sociocultural attitudes, ideal body stereotypes, acculturation, and globalization. For the overall sample, more body image dissatisfaction was associated with mother dieting, family teasing and criticism, while less body image dissatisfaction was associated with more ideal body stereotypes. More internalized sociocultural attitude and being pressured by the media were associated with more body dissatisfaction. Higher body esteem was associated with less body dissatisfaction, less family teasing and criticism, and less pressure from the media. Acculturation was not associated with body image dissatisfaction. Analyses also demonstrate that Native Dominican and Dominican- American adolescents have different socialization experiences: therefore body image dissatisfaction is related to different variables for each subsample.
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