Facets of acculturation and their diverse relations to body shape concern in Fiji
Article first published online: 6 SEP 2006
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 42–50, January 2007
How to Cite
Becker, A. E., Fay, K., Gilman, S. E. and Striegel-Moore, R. (2007), Facets of acculturation and their diverse relations to body shape concern in Fiji. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: 42–50. doi: 10.1002/eat.20332
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 6 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JUN 2006
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: K23 MH068575
- body shape concern;
The present study examines the relation between acculturation and body shape concern in Fiji—a society undergoing rapid social change.
Data were from two cohorts of ethnic Fijian girls and women collected in 1998 (n = 115). A factor analysis was performed to identify dimensions of acculturation. The association of these with body shape concern was examined with linear regression.
Three dimensions of acculturation were identified. Multiple linear regression models demonstrated that each of these dimensions of acculturation had a unique relation to body shape concern. The adjusted R2 for the fully adjusted model relating acculturation to body concern was 0.63, indicating a substantial degree of shared variation between measures of body shape concern and measures of acculturation.
Acculturation may have a strong impact on body shape concern in Fiji. However, acculturation is a multidimensional construct and does not likely have a monolithic relation to body shape concern. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006