Body image, self-esteem and depression in female adolescent college students

K. S. Latha, Supriya Hegde, S. M. Bhat, P. S.V.N. Sharma, Pooja Rai

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Introduction: The purpose of this study was to examine whether Body Mass Index (BMI) and the subjective perception of body weight, and body shape satisfaction predict level of self-esteem and depression among female college students. Method: The sample comprised of 124 female college students ranging in age from 16-21 years. Self perception of having a weight problem was evaluated by open-ended questions and Body Shape Questionnaire. In addition, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and General Health Questionnaire-28 was administered. Results: Based on BMI 29.0% were under weight, 67.8% normal and 3.2% over weight. Rating of self-perception of body shape showed that 38.7% felt that they were slim, 27.4% normal and 26.6% as thin. Eighty six percent of the subjects desired to be slim. The perception of weight problem but not BMI contributed significantly to higher scores on GHQ. There was a significant positive correlation between BSQ scores and BMI, age, and weight. Conclusions: Health care providers need to educate female adolescents about normal weight range, proper diet and exercise. In addition, health care providers need to help them attain a realistic, positive perception of their weight in order to prevent depression and lowered self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-84
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2006

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Body Image
Self Concept
Depression
Students
Weights and Measures
Body Mass Index
Weight Perception
Health Personnel
Reference Values
Body Weight
Exercise
Diet
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Latha, K. S. ; Hegde, Supriya ; Bhat, S. M. ; Sharma, P. S.V.N. ; Rai, Pooja. / Body image, self-esteem and depression in female adolescent college students. In: Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2006 ; Vol. 2, No. 3. pp. 78-84.
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