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Perceptions of current and ideal body shape of athletes and nonathletes

Hallinan, Christopher J, Pierce, E. P, Evans, J. E, DeGrenier, J. D and Andres, F. F (1991) Perceptions of current and ideal body shape of athletes and nonathletes. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 72 (1). pp. 123-130. ISSN 0031-5125 (print) 1558-688X (online)

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This study was done to examine the relationship between sex and perception of body image among athletes and nonathletes. A total of 211 men and women athletes and nonathletes completed a questionnaire which asked them to identify from a nine-figure body-silhouette scale their current image and the image that they thought was most ideal. t tests showed no significant differences for men based upon athletic participation and that both athletes and nonathleces were satisfied with their body image. However, when comparing current image and ideal image, significant differences were found for women athletes and nonathletes. These data support previous research documenting women's dissatisfaction with their body images and show athletic participation is not associated with this perception.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body perception, body images, sport, women athletes, nonathletes
Subjects: Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 03:05
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2012 03:05
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Citations in Scopus: 32 - View on Scopus

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