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Title: EFFECTS OF RACIAL TEASING ON BODY DYSMORPHIC CONCERNS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ON ASIAN ETHNIC GROUPS
Authors: V THIVYA PILLAI
Keywords: racial teasing, body image, body dysmorphic concerns, ethnic minority, ethnic majority
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2018
Citation: V THIVYA PILLAI (2018-04-12). EFFECTS OF RACIAL TEASING ON BODY DYSMORPHIC CONCERNS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ON ASIAN ETHNIC GROUPS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Racial teasing is a pervasive but largely under-studied phenomenon that involves discriminating comments on features that distinguish the ethnic minority from the majority. Preliminary evidence suggests that it can adversely affect the body image of ethnic minority women. Extending from this research, this study aimed to (1) evaluate the extent of racial teasing experienced by ethnic minority and majority groups, (2) examine skin colour concerns and its relation to past distress due to teasing, (3) study body shape ideals, and (4) investigate whether racial teasing can predict body dysmorphic concerns after controlling for demographic factors and depression. A cross-sectional web-based survey was completed by 287 participants (N = 212 females), identified as either Chinese, Malay or Indian (Mage = 23.05, SDage = 4.63). Self-report measures assessed racial teasing, body dysmorphic concerns, body shape preferences and depression. Ethnic minority participants reported higher frequency, distress and skin colour dissatisfaction than Chinese individuals. No significant differences in body shape ideals across ethnicities were reported. Lastly, racial teasing predicted body dysmorphic concerns after controlling for depressive symptoms. Racial teasing is a significant source of body dysmorphic concerns that should not be overlooked. Future directions regarding racial sensitivity in research, intervention and treatment are discussed.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/147222
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