An adapted version of the 9-item Social Physique Anxiety Scale (SPAS) was ad-ministered to Black females (
N = 179) ages 11 to 14 years. Comparison between body composition (BMI) and social physique anxiety (SPA) indicated greatestSPA in overweight/obese participants. No change over age was observed. Incomparison to previous data for a White sample, these Black early adolescentfemales evidenced somewhat lower social physique anxiety than the White fe-males. The lower SPA supports the hypothesis that Black females are more ac-cepting of a larger physique in early adolescence. Factor analysis supported asubstantitive/non-substantitive two-factor model for the SPAS-C.
Stadulis, Robert E.; Neal-Barnett, Angela; MacCracken, Mary Jo; Fender-Scarr, Lisa (2014). Social Physique Anxiety in Early Adolescent Black Females. Comprehensive Psychology 3(1) doi: 10.2466/07.13.CP.3.12. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/psycpubs/60