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Article: Childhood obesity, gender, actual-ideal body image discrepancies, and physical self-concept in Hong Kong children: Cultural differences in the value of moderation.

TitleChildhood obesity, gender, actual-ideal body image discrepancies, and physical self-concept in Hong Kong children: Cultural differences in the value of moderation.
Authors
KeywordsActual-ideal discrepancy models
Body image
Childhood obesity
Cultural differences
Doctrine of the mean
Gender differences
Moderation
Physical self-concept
Issue Date2007
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/dev.html
Citation
Developmental Psychology, 2007, v. 43 n. 3, p. 647-662 How to Cite?
AbstractChildhood obesity is increasingly prevalent in Western and non-Western societies. The authors related multiple dimensions of physical self-concept to body composition for 763 Chinese children aged 8 to 15 and compared the results with Western research. Compared with Western research, gender differences favoring boys were generally much smaller for physical self-concept and body image. Objective and subjective indexes of body fat were negatively related to many components of physical self-concept, but-in contrast to Western research-were unrelated to global self-esteem and slightly positively related to health self-concept. In support of discrepancy theory, actual-ideal discrepancies in body image were related to physical self-concept. However, consistent with the Chinese cultural value of moderation, and in contrast to Western results, being too thin relative to personal ideals was almost as detrimental as being too fat. The results reflect stronger Chinese cultural values of moderation and acceptance of obesity than in Western culture and have implications for social and educational policy in China. © 2007 APA, all rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87948
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.116
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.585
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dc.contributor.authorHau, KTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSung, RYTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYu, CWen_HK
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dc.date.issued2007en_HK
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dc.description.abstractChildhood obesity is increasingly prevalent in Western and non-Western societies. The authors related multiple dimensions of physical self-concept to body composition for 763 Chinese children aged 8 to 15 and compared the results with Western research. Compared with Western research, gender differences favoring boys were generally much smaller for physical self-concept and body image. Objective and subjective indexes of body fat were negatively related to many components of physical self-concept, but-in contrast to Western research-were unrelated to global self-esteem and slightly positively related to health self-concept. In support of discrepancy theory, actual-ideal discrepancies in body image were related to physical self-concept. However, consistent with the Chinese cultural value of moderation, and in contrast to Western results, being too thin relative to personal ideals was almost as detrimental as being too fat. The results reflect stronger Chinese cultural values of moderation and acceptance of obesity than in Western culture and have implications for social and educational policy in China. © 2007 APA, all rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/dev.htmlen_HK
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dc.rightsDevelopmental Psychology. Copyright © American Psychological Association.en_HK
dc.subjectActual-ideal discrepancy modelsen_HK
dc.subjectBody imageen_HK
dc.subjectChildhood obesityen_HK
dc.subjectCultural differencesen_HK
dc.subjectDoctrine of the meanen_HK
dc.subjectGender differencesen_HK
dc.subjectModerationen_HK
dc.subjectPhysical self-concepten_HK
dc.titleChildhood obesity, gender, actual-ideal body image discrepancies, and physical self-concept in Hong Kong children: Cultural differences in the value of moderation.en_HK
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