Further investigation of the validity and reliability of the photographic figure rating scale for body image assessment

Viren Swami*, Stefan Stieger, Amy Sunshine Harris, Ingo W. Nader, Jakob Pietschnig, Martin Voracek, Martin J. Tovée

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Abstract

Previous studies have not fully investigated the psychometric properties of the Photographic Figure Rating Scale (PFRS). In 2 studies, we report on the test-retest reliability and convergent validity of ratings derived from the PFRS. In Study 1, 322 female university students in Britain provided self-ratings on the PFRS and objectively measured body mass index (BMI); a subsample of 132 women also completed the task after 5 weeks. In Study 2, 243 women from the community in Austria completed the PFRS along with a battery of other body image scales. Results of Study 1 showed that ratings on the PFRS had good test-retest reliability (all rs >.87) and good convergent validity in relation to BMI. Results of Study 2 showed that PFRS-derived body dissatisfaction scores were significantly correlated with a range of body image variables. These results provide evidence for the convergent validity and good test-retest reliability of the PFRS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-409
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume94
Issue number4
Early online date29 Feb 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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