Negative Body Image and Eating Disorder Symptomatology among Young Women Identifying with Goth Subculture

Swami, Viren (2017) Negative Body Image and Eating Disorder Symptomatology among Young Women Identifying with Goth Subculture. Body Image. ISSN 1740-1445

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Abstract

The present study compared the rates of negative body image and risk for disordered eating in young women who identify as part of goth subculture and a matched sample. Participants were 80 women who identified as part of goth subculture and a matched sample of 82 women from London, United Kingdom. Participants completed measures of self-ideal body size discrepancy, body appreciation, appearance investment, and eating disorder symptomatology. Between-group comparisons indicated that goth women reported significantly higher drive for thinness (d = 0.51), body dissatisfaction (d = 0.62), and dysfunctional appearance investment (d = 0.52), as well as lower body appreciation (d = 0.55), than the matched sample. Heightened expectations about appearance and self-presentation, alongside appearance competitiveness, may result in more negative body image and disordered eating in young women who identify with goth subculture, but further research is necessary on this under-studied youth subculture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Goth, Eating disorders, Youth subculture, Appearance investment, Body appreciation
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 16:40
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2018 01:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701479

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