Title

The Developmental and Cultural Contexts of Objectified Body Consciousness: A Longitudinal Analysis of Two Cohorts of Women

Publication Date

7-1-2006

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Longitudinal analysis of 10-year follow-up data on, objectified body consciousness, body esteem, weight-related attitudes and behaviors, and psychological well-being in 74 middle-aged and 72 young women tested hypotheses developed from age-related change and cohort differences models of body experience. Young women's body surveillance and body shame decreased, and their body esteem increased, supporting an age-related changes model. Relationships between variables were relatively consistent with the 2 cohorts across data waves, supporting a cohort differences model, although nonoverlapping cohorts limit the interpretation of the data. The importance of developmental context in Understanding women's body experience is discussed.

Publication Title

Developmental Psychology

Volume

42

Issue

4

First Page

679

Last Page

687

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.42.4.679

Version

pre-print, post-print

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