Title

Social Physique Anxiety in Early Adolescent Black Females

Publication Title

Comprehensive Psychology

Publication Date

8-12-2014

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.2466/07.13.CP.3.12

Keywords

social physique anxiety, early adolescent, black females

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

An adapted version of the 9-item Social Physique Anxiety Scale (SPAS) was ad-ministered to Black females (

N = 179) ages 11 to 14 years. Comparison between body composition (BMI) and social physique anxiety (SPA) indicated greatestSPA in overweight/obese participants. No change over age was observed. Incomparison to previous data for a White sample, these Black early adolescentfemales evidenced somewhat lower social physique anxiety than the White fe-males. The lower SPA supports the hypothesis that Black females are more ac-cepting of a larger physique in early adolescence. Factor analysis supported asubstantitive/non-substantitive two-factor model for the SPAS-C.

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