A comparison of actual-ideal weight discrepancy, body appreciation, and media influence between street-dancers and non-dancers

Viren Swami*, Martin J. Tovée

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Previous work on body image has tended to treat dancers as a relatively homogenous group, despite the existence of different dance styles and genres. In the current study, we examined body image among individuals involved in street-dancing (genres that typically evolved outside formal settings and are often improvisational in nature) and an age-matched comparison of non-dancers. A total of 83 street-dancers and 84 non-dancers completed scales measuring their actual-ideal weight discrepancy, body appreciation, sociocultural attitudes toward appearance, and demographics. Controlling for participant body mass index (BMI), results showed no significant between-group difference in actual-ideal weight discrepancy, although street-dancers had significantly higher body appreciation than non-dancers. In addition, media influences were implicated in body image concepts for both groups, although internalisation of athletic ideals was more important for street-dancers. These results are discussed in relation to the extant research on body image among dancers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-307
Number of pages4
JournalBody Image
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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