Sex Roles

, Volume 33, Issue 1–2, pp 19–28 | Cite as

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.


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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

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