The Body-cathexis Scale is examined to assess its psychometric properties. Results indicate a strong unidimensional measure with high internal consistency. The Body Cathexis Scale (BCS) was the first psychometric instrument devised to measure body dissatisfaction. In this study we report the. The oriainal Bodv-cathexis Scale (BCS) used by Secord and Jourard () consisted of a list of 46 parts or aspects of the body. These were rated by.

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Clothing and Textiles Research Journal31 3 The items loading on this factor appear to have no common theme other than the fact that they are all body parts.

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What Difference Does Gender Make? Total body cathexis BC is obtained by summing the ratings for each of the 46 characteristics and dividing by total number of items.

The number of items in the scale has varied over subsequent studies. No item showed a standard deviation small enough to justify its exclusion from the scale. Although the a coefficient was high, this could have been due to the large number of items in the bod, consequently the inter-item correlations were examined.

Scael Pearson product-moment inter-item bdy matrix was calculated and a maximum likelihood factor analysis was performed Joreskog, Considering the importance of the construct of body-self in notions of personality and self-concept, the scale clearly has utility in further psychological research.


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Relationship among body measurements, fit satisfaction, and body cathexis. Gardner Press, New York. This page was last edited on 14 Mayat Body image and eating disorders. Thorndike recommends a sample size of at least if the standard error in the inter-item correlation matrix is to be minimized.

Body cathexis and catehxis self. The factor correlations reveal that they are not mutually independent as the smallest inter-factor correlation is 0. British Journal of Psychology.

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Seven items did not have salient loadings of any of the factors. Body cathexis and satisfaction with fit of apparel.

Because body image and body weight are a high priority in western culture, men and women alike face gender-based societal pressures to achieve an ideal body image, which in turn influences feelings about the body and preoccupation with size, shape, bofy, and appearance.

Body cathexis and the ideal female figure. This is a prerequisite of replicable factors.

Views Read Edit View history. Low body cathexis bpdy preoccupation can contribute to the development of eating disorders among female adolescents in particular, often a result of societal pressures and expectations to achieve the ideal, thin body type. The results suggest that the measure has unidimensional properties. Help Center Find new research papers in: This finding further undermines claims of a multidimensional scale. By catnexis this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Consumer behaviour Psychoanalytic terminology. These were rated by respondents according to a 5-point Likert scale ranging from strong positive to strong negative cathexis.

Although seven factors were extracted, showing clear simple structure, they cannot he held to be very useful as independent operational constructs due to lack of determinancy. Body cathexis is defined as the degree of satisfaction or dissatisfaction one feels towards various parts and aspects of his or her own body.

Perceptual and Motor Skills72 3 In addition to the purely kinaesthetic information gleaned from the body, much of the self-concept is dependent upon cultural attitudes to the physical attributes it possesses. It is recommended as a scale for research into the role of body feelings in self-concept and personality. Bofy the few empirical studies relevant to the relatedness of the body and xcale self is that of Schilder, who — through a series of self-report questionnaires — procured evidence suggesting that negative feelings, associations, and memories about the body can probe higher levels of dissatisfaction with the self.

The final factor VII from this analysis can be seen as a health and effectiveness factor.