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The Development of Body-Build Stereotypes in Males

Richard M. Lerner and Sam J. Korn
Child Development
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Sep., 1972), pp. 908-920
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127641
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127641
Page Count: 13
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The Development of Body-Build Stereotypes in Males
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Abstract

3 age groups of males (5-6 yr, 14-15 yr, 19-20 yr) served as Ss in a study of some parameters of body-build stereotype development. Each group included 30 chubby and 30 average build males. In session 1, Ss were asked to: (1) attribute each of 56 items from a specially constructed verbal checklist to either a picture of an endomorph, a mesomorph, or an ectomorph; (2) judge the items as having either a "good" or a "bad" evaluative connotation; and (3) judge the items as being like or not like themselves. In session 2, Ss made a body-build identification and preference response, and stated why they wanted to look like the preferred physique. The results indicated that at all age levels Ss held a predominantly favorable view of the mesomorph, a markedly unfavorable view of the endomorph, and a somewhat less negative but still unfavorable view of the ectomorph.

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