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Body Esteem - Appearance

The Body Esteem - Appearance Scale is a 13-item measure that captures adolescents' bodily self-esteem pertaining to their own appearance.

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Geographies Tested: Canada

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents

Items:

1. I'm pretty happy about the way I look.
2. I often wish I looked like someone else.
3. I like what I see when I look in the mirror.
4. I'm looking as nice as I'd like to.
5. I worry about the way I look.
6. I wish I looked better.
7. I like what I look like in pictures.
8. My looks upset me.
9. I often feel ashamed of how I look.
10. I think I have a good body.
11. I'm as nice looking as most people.
12. There are lots of things I'd change about my looks if I could.
13. I'm proud of my body.

Response Options:
Yes - 1
No - 0

Scoring Procedures

Items were summed to get the total score.

Original Citation

Mendelson, B. K., White, D. R., & Mendelson, M. J. (1996). Self-esteem and body esteem: Effects of gender, age, and weight. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 17, 321-346. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0193-3973(96)90030-1

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