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Bullying and negative appearance feedback among adolescents: Is it objective or misperceived weight that matters?

Lee, Kirsty, Dale, Jeremy, GUY, Alexa and Wolke, Dieter (2018) Bullying and negative appearance feedback among adolescents: Is it objective or misperceived weight that matters? Journal of Adolescence, 63. pp. 118-128. ISSN 01401971

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This study investigated (1) whether involvement in bullying as a bully, victim or bully-victim was associated with objectively measured overweight or underweight, or whether it was related to weight misperception (i.e., inaccurate perceptions), and (2) whether appearance-specific feedback mediated the relationship between bullying and weight misperception. In Stage 1, 2782 adolescents aged 11-16 years from British secondary schools were screened for peer bullying and victimisation. In Stage 2, 411 adolescents with weight and height data (objective n=319, self-report n=92) also self-reported on their weight perception and appearance-specific feedback. Neither bullying nor victimisation were related to objective underweight or overweight. Victims were at increased odds of overweight misperception, while bully-victims were at increased odds of underweight misperception. Additionally, there was an indirect effect of appearance feedback on overweight misperception in bully-victims. Both victims and bully-victims are at increased risk of weight misperception, posing further detrimental effects to their health and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 10:50
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4638

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