Body image appearances in adolescents’ school going children

Pari Khalili Marandi, Norlena Salamudin




The key objective of this research was to analyse and understand the different effect of gender and age on body image appearance at age 12 and 15 years in both gender groups. In other word age and gender how influence on adolescents body image appearance. The sample chosen for this study was 1429 (710 boys and 719 girls) from primary and secondary schools in Tehran. To verify the body image used of questionnaire Body Image Concern Inventory (BICI) (Littleton 2005). The difference between body image appearance of boy and girl, between at age of 12 and 15 years, was analysed and compared using the SPSS version20 ANOVA test. The ranking of the four group samples was achieved by using mean of body image appearance. On analysing the data, it was indicated that there was a significant effect of age, gender and interaction of the variables on body image on boys and girls at the age of 12 and 15 years. The result reveals that in the same age category, boys were at a better level of body image appearance than girls. Also, the result revealed that the body image appearance level was better in the younger age category.


Key words: adolescents, age, body image appearance & gender.



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