Developmental teasing about physical appearance: Retrospective descriptions and relationships with body image

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Thomas F. Cash
Cite this article:  Cash, T. (1995). Developmental teasing about physical appearance: Retrospective descriptions and relationships with body image. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 23(2), 123-130.


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Among the potential influences on body-image development are experiences of appearance related teasing and criticism during childhood or adolescence. The present study of 111 female college students examined the recollection of such experiences. Persistent appearance teasing/criticism was commonly recalled and its physical foci were diverse, though facial characteristics and weight were apparently most often targeted. Peers were deemed the worst perpetrators of appearance teasing/criticism, yet family members, especially brothers, were also often implicated. Women who reported having had more prevalent and distressing experiences of this nature currently held more dissatisfying and disturbing body images.
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