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dc.contributor.advisorMintz, Laurie B.eng
dc.contributor.authorBledman, Rashanta A.eng
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Summereng
dc.description"May 2011"eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Educational and counseling psychology.eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 17, 2012).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Laurie Mintzeng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has examined Black women's body image from a traditional Eurocentric perspective. This has resulted in Black women reporting more positive body image because the research methodology and focus is solely on whether or not these women want to be thin. Rather than focusing on the actual weight on the scales, the overarching goal of this study was to change the focus of body image research with Black women to that of shape and size satisfaction, rather than weight and thinness. Specifically, this study is one of the firsts to examine the ideal body shape of African American women, focusing on level of satisfaction with areas of the body (i.e. the mid and lower torso). Seventy-nine African American women enrolled at the University of Missouri completed an online survey with several instruments designed to measure concerns about body shape and experiences of feeling fat, body image and weight-related concerns, and shape satisfaction. Several regression analyses demonstrated that satisfaction with mid and lower torso significantly influenced body shape satisfaction and overall appearance evaluation. Implications for future research, prevention and counseling are discussed.eng
dc.format.extentviii, 106 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc872560942eng
dc.identifier.otherBledmanR-101110-D190eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/14193eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations.eng
dc.subjectAfrican American womeneng
dc.subjectBlack womeneng
dc.subjectbody imageeng
dc.subjectbody shapeeng
dc.titleThe ideal body shape of African American college womeneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational and counseling psychology (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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