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From Fat to Fabulous: Adolescent Obesity, Self-Esteem, and Coping Mechanisms
Elrod, Leslie R.S.

2007, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Arts and Sciences : Sociology.

Using the National Longitudinal Study for Adolescent Health (AddHealth) this study investigated six hypotheses assessing the relationship between adolescent body mass and self-esteem. Specifically, this study sought to identify whether elective coping mechanisms, including academic performance, extracurricular participation, and voluntarism, mediated the relationship between body mass and self-esteem.

A variety of statistical methods (including regression and path analyses) revealed that the relationship between adolescent body mass and self-esteem was suppressed by intervening variables including negative body image and academic performance. When controlling for academic performance and body image, adolescents with higher body mass exhibit higher self-esteem than those adolescents with lower body mass at the stringent p > .001 level.

The implication of the finding of higher body mass being related to higher self-esteem, when controlling for negative body image and academic performance, is enough to give pause. Perception of acceptance of those of varying body sizes may protect a growing group of adolescents from diminished self-esteem.

Dr. Annulla Linders (Advisor)
126 p.

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Elrod, Leslie. "From Fat to Fabulous: Adolescent Obesity, Self-Esteem, and Coping Mechanisms." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2007. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 22 Nov 2017.

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