Author’s Note: Tammy R. Kinley, PhD, is an Associate Professor at University of North Texas. Please address correspondence to Tammy R. Kinley, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311100, 311 Chilton Hall, Denton, TX 76203; e-mail: email@example.com.
The Effect of Clothing Size on Self-Esteem and Body Image
Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2010
© 2010 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 317–332, March 2010
How to Cite
Kinley, T. R. (2010), The Effect of Clothing Size on Self-Esteem and Body Image. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 38: 317–332. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-3934.2009.00027.x
- Issue online: 11 FEB 2010
- Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2010
- body image;
- clothing size;
This study examined the effect of clothing size on women’s self-esteem and body image and whether those findings were related to age or body size. Data were obtained in a two-phase experimental study in which subjects were asked to achieve fit in pants that either “ran small” or “ran large.” Smaller sizes were found to have a positive effect on body image, particularly for younger women. Larger subjects felt more positive about their bodies when they achieved fit in a smaller size. However, the need for a larger size did not have a significant effect on either self-esteem or body image.