The Body Acceptance by Others Scale: An Assessment of its Factorial Validity in Adults from the United Kingdom

Swami, Viren and Todd, Jennifer and Stieger, Stefan and Tylka, Tracy (2020) The Body Acceptance by Others Scale: An Assessment of its Factorial Validity in Adults from the United Kingdom. Body Image, 35. pp. 71-74. ISSN 1873-6807

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2020.08.006

Abstract

The construct of body acceptance by others (i.e., the degree to which an individual perceives acceptance for their appearance by others) is central to conceptual models of positive body image and adaptive eating styles. It is typically measured using the 10-item Body Acceptance by Others Scale (BAOS; Avalos & Tylka, 2006), but emerging research has suggested that a unidimensional model of BAOS scores may be unstable. Here, we examined the factor structure of BAOS scores in a sample of adults from the United Kingdom (N = 1148). Exploratory factor analyses indicated that BAOS scores reduced to two dimensions in women, of which only a primary 6-item factor was stable. In men, all 10 items loaded onto a primary factor. However, the results of confirmatory factor analyses indicated that both models of BAOS scores had poor fit. Although both the unidimensional 10-item and 6-item models had adequate internal consistency, our results are suggestive of factor structure instability. We conclude by suggesting ways in which future research could revise the BAOS to improve its factorial stability and validity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Body acceptance by others, Factor structure, Positive body image, United Kingdom
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2020 10:25
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705786

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