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dc.contributor.advisorMintz, Laurie B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBledman, Rashanta A.
dc.date.issued2011
dc.date.submitted2011 Summeren_US
dc.description"May 2011"en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Educational and counseling psychology.en_US
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.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 17, 2012).en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Laurie Mintzen_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
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.en_US
dc.format.extentviii, 106 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.otherBledmanR-101110-D190
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/14193
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2011 Dissertations
dc.subjectAfrican American womenen_US
dc.subjectBlack womenen_US
dc.subjectbody imageen_US
dc.subjectbody shapeen_US
dc.titleThe ideal body shape of African American college womenen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational and counseling psychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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