The Body-cathexis Scale is examined to assess its psychometric properties. Results indicate a strong unidimensional measure with high internal consistency. The Body Cathexis Scale (BCS) was the first psychometric instrument devised to measure body dissatisfaction. In this study we report the. The oriainal Bodv-cathexis Scale (BCS) used by Secord and Jourard () consisted of a list of 46 parts or aspects of the body. These were rated by.

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Similarly, social stimuli may play a reciprocal role in anticipating behavior, contributing to the formation of negative feelings about the body. Internal structure, factor satisfaction, and reliability of the body cathexis scale.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 17 5 Relationship among body measurements, fit satisfaction, and body cathexis.

One’s perception of his or her body and the feelings associated with this perceived image greatly influence overall satisfaction with the self and can predict levels of self-esteem.

Along with garment fit satisfaction, research also indicates that body image attitudes and emotions may be correlated with disordered eating behaviors. He investigated the principal component structure of a item version of the scale and discovered four orthogonal components which he designated, Health and Physical Fitness, Face and Overall Appearance, Subordinate and Independent Body Features and Physique and Muscular Strength.

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Nevertheless, the seven-factor solution, upon rotation, showed clear simple structure and ease dcale interpretation. British Journal of Psychology. In order for simple structure to be achieved the factors were rotated obliquely. Journal of Consulting Psychology.

However, all item means remained within the range The scale was completed in all cases within 20 min. The Journal of Abnormal hody Social Psychology, 50 2 Split-half reliabilities for the scale reported by Secord and Jourard ranged from 0.


The Italian version of the Body Cathexis Scale.

Institute for Social Research, Ann. As the findings of their study confirm, Muth and Cash suggest that the gender-differential societal and personal standards of body attractiveness place women at a higher predisposition for less favorable, more invested, and more distressing body image attitudes.

Among the few empirical studies relevant to the relatedness of the body and the self is that of Schilder, who — through a series of self-report questionnaires — procured evidence suggesting that negative feelings, associations, and memories about the body can probe higher levels of dissatisfaction catexis the self.

Because body image and body weight are a high priority in western culture, men and women alike face gender-based societal pressures to achieve an ideal body image, which in turn influences feelings about the body and preoccupation with size, shape, weight, and appearance. Thorndike cthexis a sample size of at least if the standard error in the inter-item correlation matrix is to be minimized.

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal8 2 Body cathexis is defined as the degree of satisfaction or dissatisfaction one feels towards various parts and aspects of his or her own body. Using scales of body cathexis and self cathexis, the Maslow Test of Psychological Security-Insecurity, and an anxiety-related body cathexis homonym test, Secord and Jourard concluded that the body and self tend to be cathected to the same degree.

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Gardner Press, New York. Perceptual and Motor Skills73, Help Center Find new research papers in: However, this analysis does suggest that a number of aspects of the body-self coalesce to form the strong unitary trait of body-cathexis.

Perceptual and Motor Skills72 3 There appears to be support for the use of the BCS in self-concept research and yet, despite this, there has been a paucity of psychometric investigation into the scale Wylie, ; Crandall, ; Bums, Body cathexis and the ideal female figure.


Procedure The questionnaire was administered in groups during a class or lecture period. It is argued, on the basis scaale this investigation, that the BCS has good psychometric properties.

Retrieved from ” https: Remember me on this computer. It is recommended as a scale for research into the role of body feelings in cathxeis and personality. The results suggest that the measure has unidimensional properties.

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Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Only six questionnaires were dropped due cathexid inappropriate responding. Low body cathexis and preoccupation can contribute to the development of eating disorders among female adolescents in particular, often a result of societal pressures and expectations to achieve the ideal, thin body type.

These were rated by respondents according to a 5-point Likert scale scae from strong positive to strong negative cathexis. A recent attempt to correct this situation has been made by Tucker Summary of item statistics 0: Respondents below the age of 17 were sampled from schools in Cork scalw and the remainder were students at University College, Cork; of the sample were female and were male.

Considering the importance of the construct of body-self in notions of personality and self-concept, the scale clearly has utility in further psychological research. Skills 53, Sex differences in body cathexis associated with exercise involvement.