A developmental study of body recognition in adolescent girls

J. K. Collins*, D. S. Propert

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    One hundred and fifty-seven pre-menarcheal, menarcheal and post-menarcheal girls were photographed in three orientations: front, side and rear. They were somatotyped and asked to identify themselves from an array of five photographs grouped according to height and linearity. A developmental sequence in accuracy of identification was found for frontal orientations. Accuracy for premenarcheal girls was 59%, for menarcheal girls 66% and for postmenarcheal 84%. Different patterns were found for other orientations. The results are discussed in terms of change in body image, narcissism and preoccupation with the physical self during adolescence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)767-774
    Number of pages8
    Issue number72
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1983

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