Assessing the Measurement Invariance of Two Positive Body Image Instruments in Adults from Malaysia and the United Kingdom

Todd, Jennifer and Swami, Viren (2020) Assessing the Measurement Invariance of Two Positive Body Image Instruments in Adults from Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Body Image, 34. pp. 112-116. ISSN 1873-6807

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.05.009

Abstract

Despite the growth of positive body image research in recent years, our understanding of the construct across different national contexts remains limited. Here, we investigated measurement invariance of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2) and the Functionality Appreciation Scale (FAS) across ethnically homogenous groups of adults from Malaysia (n = 815, women n = 403) and the United Kingdom (UK; n = 596, women n = 416). Using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis, partial scalar invariance was supported for scores on both measures after fixing the intercepts for BAS-2 Items 6 and 8, and FAS Item 4. Next, we examined differences in latent scores across nationality and gender. The results of an analysis of covariance (with age and body mass index as covariates) indicated a significant nationality by gender interaction: Malaysian women had higher scores than Malaysian men on both the BAS-2 and FAS, but UK men had higher scores than UK women. There were also significant main effects of nationality (Malaysian participants had significantly higher body appreciation and functionality appreciation than UK participants) and gender (men had significantly higher body appreciation than women). These findings are discussed in terms of cross-national and gendered understandings of positive body image.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Positive body image, Cross-national, Body appreciation, Functionality appreciation, Gender invariance
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 15 May 2020 09:40
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 11:34
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705542

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