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Translation and validation of a spanish version of the sociocultural attitudes towards appearance questionnaire-4 (SATAQ-4)


  • Author contribution: The SATAQ-4 was translated into Spanish and published with permission of J. Kevin Thompson and Thomas Cash. EL designed the study, contributed to drafting of the manuscript, and performed initial data analyses. DHG contributed to the design of the study, performed final data analyses, and edited the manuscript. CSW, LPE, and LMR helped to edit the manuscript and managed the data sets. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. The authors declare that they have no competing interests.



The goal of this study was to create a Spanish version of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-4 (SATAQ-4) and examine its factorial validity, reliability, and convergent validity in a sample of women from Spain.


Two hundred and sixty female college students from Spain completed the Spanish version of the SATAQ-4 and measures for eating pathology.


Internal consistency was high; data from EFA and CFA supported the original five-factor structure; and results showed good convergent validity with measures of body-image and eating problems.


Results strongly support the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of SATAQ-4 and its use to examine perceived pressure for thinness from parents, peers and the media; and thin- and muscular/athletic-ideal internalization in Spanish-speaking adult women. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2015; 48:170–175)