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06.04.2018 | Original Article | Ausgabe 6/2018

Journal of Public Health 6/2018

Media influence and body satisfaction among adolescent females, Minia, Egypt

Journal of Public Health > Ausgabe 6/2018
Eman Sameh Mohammed Mostafa, Ehab Salah Eshak, Amany Edward Seedhom, Eman Ramadan Ghazawy
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Body dissatisfaction is an important component of a variety of prevalent health problems. This study aimed to assess the media influences on body dissatisfaction among female college students.

Subjects and methods

This study included a sample of 408 adolescent females who were chosen randomly from Minia University and completed a survey using the the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Scale (SATAQ-4) and Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ) in the period from 1 March to 1 April 2017. In addition, their body mass index (BMI) was measured.


It was found that adolescents who showed marked concern with body shape had higher SATAQ-4 scores. The independent variables (BMI, SATAQ total score and its subscales) explained 58% of the variance in body shape dissatisfaction. The most significant predictors of body dissatisfaction were BMI and subjective feelings of media pressure to have an ideal appearance (β = 0.38 and 0.31, respectively).


There was a relation between media influence and body dissatisfaction in this sample of Egyptian female students. Media literacy training could represent a promising approach to eating and body disturbance prevention.

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