Body image distortions in healthy adults.
Disruptions in body image are seen in several clinical populations. However, less is known about how the body image is maintained in healthy populations. This study investigated body image in 78 healthy participants (41 females) by using a Body Image Task (BIT). This task was assessed both in-person and online. Participants were shown an image of a head on a computer screen and were then instructed to judge where there body was located in respect to the pictured head. For the in-person group, true lengths of 14 body parts was were then compared to the perceived body part lengths.
In both males and females distortions were found in the body image, with a large over-estimation of width relative to height in the upper and lower limb. This task is less visual then other tests and difficulties occurred when participants were asked to identify for example their hips (I.e. joint/limb). Additionally, it is not an exact measurement of the size of the assessed body parts. This task does give more insight into the body image and can be used in future studies to assess body image in clinical populations > From Fuentes et al., Acta Psychologica 144 (2013) 344-351. All rights reserved to Elsevier B.V.
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