Sex Roles

, Volume 33, Issue 1–2, pp 19–28

Women's body images: The results of a national survey in the U.S.A.

  • Thomas F. Cash
  • Patricia E. Henry


This investigation was a representative survey, conducted in 1993, of the body images of 803 adult women in the United States. Included in the survey instrument were selected subscales from the standardized Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire, which had been used in a U.S. survey in 1985. The results indicated substantial levels of body dissatisfaction, possibly surpassing levels observed in the 1985 survey. Nearly one-half of the women reported globally negative evaluations of their appearance and a preoccupation with being or becoming overweight. Whereas age effects were minimal, significant race/ethnicity effects were found, with clearly more positive body images among African American than Anglo or Hispanic women. The social and clinical implications of the findings were discussed.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas F. Cash
    • 1
  • Patricia E. Henry
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.University College of North WalesUSA

Personalised recommendations