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Body image attitudes of Asian American and Caucasian American women and men

Kathleen Yumi Kawamura, University of Massachusetts Amherst


The primary purpose of this study was to examine the body image attitudes of Asian American and Caucasian American men and women. One hundred two Asian American and 139 Caucasian American college students responded to a mail survey and completed several measures related to body image attitudes along with measures of depression and self-esteem. The findings indicated that Asian American women and men were lighter, shorter, and smaller than Caucasian American women and men. Regardless of these differences, all groups evidenced similar levels of dissatisfaction with physical features related to body size, though women wanted to be smaller and men wanted to be either larger or smaller. The main differences between ethnic groups were that Asian Americans were more dissatisfied with their height and their eyes than were Caucasian Americans. In addition, Asian American men placed the most importance on physical appearances and were the most negatively affected, in terms of psychosocial functioning, by body image dissatisfaction.

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Kawamura, Kathleen Yumi, "Body image attitudes of Asian American and Caucasian American women and men" (2001). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3012147.