Perceptions of current and ideal body shape of athletes and nonathletes

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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)


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.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.2466/PMS.72.1.123-130
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords body perception, body images, sport, women athletes, nonathletes
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