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Effect of Body Image Distortion on Health Behaviors Practice in High School Students
Hyun Jung Yun
STRESS. 2020;28(2):98-105.   Published online June 30, 2020
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of body image distortion on health behaviors practice in high school students.


This study used a secondary data analysis study with the data derived from the 2019 Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey. The study sample included 20,787 high school students. Collected data were analyzed with SPSS program using Rao-Scott x 2 test and complex samples general linear model analysis.


The prevalence of adolescents with body image distortion was 24.5% in this study. Health behaviors practice had significant differences according to body image distortion (t=10.29, p<.001), and the score for health behaviors practice in adolescents with body image distortion was lower than those without body image distortion. Gender, grade, school type, school achievement, economic status, and perceived health state were found to be significantly related to health behaviors practice. After controlling significant variables, body image distortion (b=.14, p<.001) was significantly related to health behaviors practice in adolescents, accounting for 4.0% of the variance in health behaviors practice (Wald F=52.75, p<.001).


These findings suggest that body image distortion has negative effects on health behaviors practice and healthcare professionals need to consider enhancing body image for improvement of health behaviors practice in adolescents.

Effect of Body Figure Discrepancy, Body Esteem, Interpersonal Stress, and Sociocultural Attitude toward Appearance on Social Pressure Related to Appearance Perceived by High School Students
Eun Mi Lee, Yu Jeong Kim
STRESS. 2017;25(1):37-43.   Published online March 31, 2017
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of body figure discrepancy, body esteem, interpersonal stress, and sociocultural attitude toward appearance on social pressure related to appearance perceived by high school students. A total of 219 students were recruited from a high school in C city. Data were collected by means of self-reported questionnaires from July 13 to 29, 2016. Students with severe body figure discrepancy had higher interpersonal stress (t=2.37, p=.019), peer pressure (t=2.35, p=.019), and parents pressure (t=3.00, p=.003) than students who did not. The social pressure related to appearance were more sensitive as body figure discrepancy, female students, sociocultural attitude toward appearance, and interpersonal stress were higher, and these factors accounted for 30.3% in social pressure related to appearance. The social pressure by peers and parents changes according to the recognition of high school students’ body figure discrepancy and sociocultural attitude toward appearance. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an intervention program and promote a sociocultural environment so that students can establish a healthy body image.