The Body-cathexis Scale is examined to assess its psychometric properties. Results indicate a strong unidimensional measure with high internal consistency. The Body Cathexis Scale (BCS) was the first psychometric instrument devised to measure body dissatisfaction. In this study we report the. The oriainal Bodv-cathexis Scale (BCS) used by Secord and Jourard () consisted of a list of 46 parts or aspects of the body. These were rated by.

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Tucker also discovered a test-retest reliability coefficient of 0.

One’s perception of his or her body and the feelings associated with this perceived image greatly influence overall satisfaction with the self and can predict levels of self-esteem. Similarly, social stimuli may play a reciprocal role in anticipating behavior, contributing to the formation of negative feelings about the body. He investigated the principal component structure of a item version of the scale and discovered four orthogonal components which he designated, Health and Physical Fitness, Face and Overall Appearance, Subordinate and Independent Body Features and Physique and Muscular Strength.

The results suggest that the measure has unidimensional properties. Institute for Social Research, Ann. Factors manifesting an appropriate degree of determinancy were rotated to simple structure using the Oblimin procedure of Jennrich and Sampson In order for simple structure to be achieved the factors were rotated obliquely.


A psychometric investigation into the body-cathexis scale | Sean Hammond –

Seven items did not have salient loadings of any of the factors. Considering the importance of the construct of body-self in notions of personality and self-concept, the scale clearly has utility in further psychological research.

Sex differences in body cathexis associated with exercise involvement. Bodh image and eating disorders.

Internal structure, factor satisfaction, and reliability of the body cathexis scale. Gardner Press, New York.

The Italian version of the Body Cathexis Scale.

This finding further undermines claims of a multidimensional scale. Perceptual and Motor Skills73, Skills 53, Click here to sign up. Factor V is a body-built factor associated with weight, while Factor VI is a body-built factor associated with physique and muscular strength. Although the a coefficient was high, this could have been due to the large number of items in the scale, consequently the inter-item correlations were examined.

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal2, Total body cathexis BC is obtained by summing the ratings for each of the 46 characteristics and dividing by total number of items.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Using scales of body cathexis and self cathexis, the Maslow Test of Psychological Security-Insecurity, and an anxiety-related body cathexis homonym test, Secord and Jourard concluded that the body and self tend to be cathected to the same degree.


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Body cathexis – Wikipedia

Perceptual and Motor Skills53 3 A recent attempt to correct this situation has been made by Tucker The items loading on this factor appear to have no common theme other than the fact that they are all body parts. Tucker-was reluctant to use both sexes in his analysis-due to-evidence that sex influences feeling towards the body.

Nevertheless, the seven-factor solution, upon rotation, showed clear simple structure and ease of interpretation. The number of items in the scale has varied over subsequent studies.

These were rated by respondents according to a 5-point Likert scale ranging from strong positive to strong negative cathexis. Consumer behaviour Psychoanalytic terminology.

However, this analysis does suggest that a number of aspects of the body-self coalesce to form the strong unitary trait of body-cathexis.

It is argued, on the basis of this investigation, that the BCS has good psychometric properties.