Factor structure of the Body Appreciation Scale among Malaysian women

Swami, Viren and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. 2008. Factor structure of the Body Appreciation Scale among Malaysian women. Body Image, 5(4), pp. 409-413. ISSN 17401445 [Article]

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The present study examined the factor structure of a Malay version of the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS), a recently developed scale for the assessment of positive body image that has been shown to have a unidimensional structure in Western settings. Results of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses based on data from community sample of 591 women in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, failed to support a unidimensional structure for the Malay BAS. Results of a confirmatory factor analysis suggested two stable factors, which were labelled ‘General Body Appreciation’ and ‘Body Image Investment’. Multi-group analysis showed that the two-factor structure was invariant for both Malaysian Malay and Chinese women, and that there were no significant ethnic differences on either factor. Results also showed that General Body Appreciation was significant negatively correlated with participants’ body mass index. These results are discussed in relation to possible cross-cultural differences in positive body image.

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01 Mar 2011 14:34

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