Body esteem in Israeli university students.

Y. Barak*, P. Sirota, M. Tessler, A. Achiron, Y. Lampl

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Body-esteem is an important dimension in the general concept of body-image. The Body Esteem Scale (BES) was developed and tested in the USA. We tested young men and women in Israel all of whom were university students after their army service. Our results show that Israeli men score lower (feel more negative) on the virility reflecting subscale while Israeli women score higher (feel more positive) in the weight concern subscale--compared to their American counterparts. We discuss the possible explanations of this difference, focusing mainly on the impact of army discharge and the move to the academic field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-295
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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