Global and dimensional self-esteem in preadolescent and early adolescent children who are overweight: Age and gender differences
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 424–429, May 2002
How to Cite
Israel, A. C. and Ivanova, M. Y. (2002), Global and dimensional self-esteem in preadolescent and early adolescent children who are overweight: Age and gender differences. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 31: 424–429. doi: 10.1002/eat.10048
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2002
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JAN 2002
- childhood obesity;
- general self-esteem;
- dimensional self-esteem;
- gender differences;
- age differences
To examine age and gender differences in global and dimensional self-esteem in children who are overweight.
As part of a pretreatment assessment, the Perceived Competence Scale for Children was completed by 121 children (ages 8–14) who were overweight and enrolling in a weight reduction program.
Gender differences in general self-esteem and age differences in physical self-esteem were found. Also, girls who were highly overweight reported lower physical self-esteem than girls who were moderately overweight. However, for boys, the opposite pattern emerged. For both boys and girls, cognitive and social self-esteem predicted general self-esteem and physical self-esteem did not.
Children who are overweight may emphasize dimensions of their self-esteem in nongender stereotyped ways that are protective of their general self-esteem. Understanding developmental trends and gender differences in self-esteem can enhance our ability to assist youth who are overweight in maintaining favorable self-evaluations. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 424–429, 2002.