Perceptions of body image among low socioeconomic status African American mothers and their daughters in Mobile, Alabama

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dc.contributor LeCount, Lisa J.
dc.contributor Bindon, James R.
dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor McCallum, Debra M.
dc.contributor.advisor DeCaro, Jason A.
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Martina
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:36:09Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:36:09Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000384
dc.identifier.other Thomas_alatus_0004M_10474
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/890
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The anthropology of body image in African American communities has presented ambiguous perceptions of body image satisfaction. Many discoveries claim that body image satisfaction exists widely in these communities, while other findings note that political and economic forces dictate how African Americans treat their bodies, especially those who are of low socioeconomic status. Armed with this information, it was hypothesized that mothers and daughters in low-income neighborhoods of Mobile, Alabama would express body image dissatisfaction. In addition, this project focused on how low socioeconomic status and consumption patterns are associated with body image. Ethnographic interviews were conducted to present a qualitative description of the perceptions of body image and revealed that nine subdomains characterize this domain. Cultural consensus, cultural consonance and statistical analyses provided quantitative results and show that mothers and daughters shared a cultural model of the subdomain "a girl in the neighborhood who is happy with the way that she looks." Statistical analyses document a relationship between consonance scores and a standardized body image instrument, the Body Investment Scale. This finding indicated that daughters with low consonance scores would display negative body image and be more destructive toward their bodies. The Body Rating Scale showed that almost three-fourths of the sample expressed body dissatisfaction. It is hoped that this information could be used to unravel the ambiguity presented in the literature and possibly improve service programs for these young girls in addressing body image and obesity.
dc.format.extent 135 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Anthropology, Medical and Forensic
dc.subject.other Anthropology, Cultural
dc.title Perceptions of body image among low socioeconomic status African American mothers and their daughters in Mobile, Alabama
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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