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Gender Differences in Body Image Perception among Northern Malaysian Tertiary Students

Wong, Lee-Min; Say, Yee-How


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  "description": "<p>Aims: This study examined the association of socio-cultural and psychological factors with body shape concern, perception and body weight perception among tertiary students of Northern Malaysia. Study Design: This is a cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Universiti and Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR and KTAR), Perak campuses, between August 2011 and January 2012. Methodology: A total of 1003 students were recruited (M = 431, F = 572; mean age 19.96 &plusmn; 1.51) and their body image perception were assessed using Body Shape Concern Questionnaire, Body Weight Perception Questionnaire, Body Shape Perception Questionnaire (Stunkard Silhouette Chart), Multidimensional Body Self Relations Questionnaire (MBSRQ), Rosenberg&rsquo;s Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) and Quality of Life measurement. Results: More females than males had problems with their body shape, where more females desired a thinner body size and vice versa for males. There was misperception of opposite sex&rsquo;s perception of attractive body shape, where males chose a larger figure for attractive body shape of female compared to females themselves, and vice versa. Overweight students had significantly lower parental/peer acceptance, higher body shape satisfaction and hence lower body weight/shape anxiety, and made lesser body shape comparison compared to other counterparts. Quality of life and self-esteem were significantly negatively correlated with body satisfaction. Conclusion: Male and female Malaysian tertiary students were concerned with their body shape and perceived their body weight/shape differently.</p>", 
  "license": "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode", 
  "creator": [
    {
      "affiliation": "Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Perak Campus, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Barat, 31900 Kampar, Perak, Malaysia.", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Wong, Lee-Min"
    }, 
    {
      "affiliation": "Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Perak Campus, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Barat, 31900 Kampar, Perak, Malaysia.", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Say, Yee-How"
    }
  ], 
  "headline": "Gender Differences in Body Image Perception among Northern Malaysian Tertiary Students", 
  "image": "https://zenodo.org/static/img/logos/zenodo-gradient-round.svg", 
  "datePublished": "2013-02-28", 
  "url": "https://zenodo.org/record/7911", 
  "keywords": [
    "Body shape concern;", 
    "body shape perception;", 
    "body weight perception;", 
    "college students;", 
    "Malaysia."
  ], 
  "@context": "https://schema.org/", 
  "identifier": "https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7911", 
  "@id": "https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7911", 
  "@type": "ScholarlyArticle", 
  "name": "Gender Differences in Body Image Perception among Northern Malaysian Tertiary Students"
}
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