Factors Dancers Associate with their Body Dissatisfaction

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Body dissatisfaction constitutes an important factor in the development of eating pathologies, particularly among dancers. The aim of this research was to test the factors that dancers identified as relevant to their body dissatisfaction using an exploratory mixed method design. Participants were 369 dancers from two Spanish dance conservatories. Questionnaires assessed body dissatisfaction, abnormal eating attitudes and behaviors, and risk factors to eating disorders in the dance domain. Nine factors were found; the ?teacher?, the ?uniform?, and the ?mirrors? were the most common. Individuals with a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder identified teacher? influence as a key factor in their body dissatisfaction. Specifically, ballet dancers were more likely to indicate that teachers were a negative influence compared to students in other dance genres (contemporary, flamenco, and Spanish dance). Programs to reduce negative body image and improve positive body image in dance conservatories are needed, specifically focusing on teachers.

AuthorDantas, Ana Garcia; Alonso, Diana Amado; Sanchez-Miguel, Pedro Antonio; del Rio Sanchez, Carmen
JournalBody Image
Year2018

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