The adolescent body image satisfaction scale for males (ABISS)

Perceptions of Self
The adolescent body image satisfaction scale for males (ABISS)

Being that body image results from a coming together of different factors, the Adolescent Body Image Satisfaction Scale for males (ABISS) helps to identify 3 subscales that attend to how adolescent males perceive their body image. The first subscale, body competence, helps explain how people may place value in the development of their body from a positive perspective. Closely related to body competence, body inadequacy emerged as the second subscale. For example, feeling ignored, intimidated, and unattractive by other people demonstrates how an adolescent may develop a negative body image. Other factors, such as feeling insecure and weak, also relate to feeling inadequate relative to a social standard of comparison. Internal conflict was a third subscale that emerged and includes 4 items that capture the balance between an adolescent’s positive and negative perceptions of body image. For example , being critical of one’s body, and seeking reassurance from others concerning appearance

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body competence
Body inadequacy
internal conflict

Researcher(s) or Author(s)

James E Leone, Elizabeth M Mullin, Suanne S Maurer-Starks, Michael J Rovito

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Pro (Secondary)

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