An exploration of the tripartite influence model of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating among Australian and French college women

Publication year: 2011
Source: Body Image, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 12 June 2011

Rachel, Rodgers , Henri, Chabrol , Susan J., Paxton

The aim of the study was to compare levels of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and risk factors, and to examine the tripartite influence model of body image and eating disturbance among French and Australian young adult females. Participants were 188 Australian (mean age=19.6 years, SD=1.0) and 190 French (mean age=20.7 years, SD=2.6) students. Media, peer and family influences, internalisation of media ideals, appearance comparison, body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness, bulimia and self-esteem were assessed. Australian participants reported perceiving more peer and media influence, and higher levels of appearance comparison, internalisation of media ideals and bulimic symptoms than French participants (p<.001)....

 Highlights: ► Australian college women report higher body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and risk factors. ► Support for the tripartite influence model among both Australian and French college women. ► Implications for both global and culturally specific prevention/intervention.