The relationship between mothers' thin-ideal and children's drive for thinness: A survey of Japanese early adolescents and their mothers

Y. O.K.O. Yamazaki, Mika Omori

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Abstract

We examined the association of mothers' thin-ideal internalization and children's drive for thinness. Early adolescents (175 girls and 198 boys) completed a questionnaire to assess their drive for thinness and perceptions of mothers' attitudes and behaviors related to body shape. The questionnaire for mothers (n = 206) measured mothers' thin-ideal internalization. Mothers' thin-ideal internalization was associated with girls' drive for thinness through the perception of mothers' attitudes directed to girls, and with boys' drive for thinness through mothers' weight-loss behavior. The findings suggest the possibility that mothers transmit social standards on body shape to their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-111
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • drive for thinness
  • early adolescents
  • gender differences
  • maternal influences
  • thin-ideal internalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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