Thin-ideal internalization and body dissatisfaction in Sri Lankan adolescents

Mika Omori, Yoko Yamazaki, Noriko Aizawa, Piyanjali de Zoysa

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In this study, a survey of Sri Lankan adolescents explored relationships between thin-ideal internalization and body dissatisfaction—issues that have received greater research attention in East Asia and the West. Girls scored lower in thin-ideal internalization and awareness and higher in self-esteem compared to boys; however, unlike in previous studies, body dissatisfaction did not differ significantly by gender. Hierarchical linear multiple regression analyses revealed that self-esteem moderated the relationship between thin-ideal internalization and body dissatisfaction among girls, but this was not observed for boys. Self-esteem as a protective factor against body dissatisfaction among Sri Lankan female adolescents was confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1830-1840
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 1


  • body dissatisfaction
  • gender differences
  • self-esteem
  • Sri Lanka
  • thin-ideal internalization


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