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dc.creatorDavidson, Denise
dc.creatorHughes, Kelly S.
dc.creatorMisiunaite, Ieva
dc.creatorHilvert, Elizabeth
dc.creatorShuldiner, Alan
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 6, no. 2 (2018), p. 174-191.en_US
dc.description.abstractDissatisfaction with one's appearance is commonplace in Western women. Body image dissatisfaction is believed to be a consequence of societal emphases on appearance reinforced through norms and media. However, some Amish cultural values and norms differ from prevailing Western influences, which may result in a rate of body image dissatisfaction at variance within women. The following pilot study explores how religious affiliation and religiosity may relate to body image factors (body dissatisfaction, appearance investment, and body image coping strategies) and life satisfaction in Amish (n = 32), Catholic (n = 40), and non-religious (n = 40) women. Results show that the Amish women reported having more positive body image on several factors than Catholic women, but the same results were not always replicated in non-religious women. Specifically, non-religious women showed similar levels of body satisfaction in comparison to Amish women, although they demonstrated use of different body image coping strategies. Additionally, when comparing women's reported current versus ideal figure, all women showed a preference for a thinner ideal. As this pilot study's methodology is preliminary, our ability to draw definitive conclusions is limited: future research should address these methodological limitations. If results from this study are confirmed, research is needed that examines the specific aspects of the Amish culture that may be associated with higher rates of body image satisfaction.en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Librariesen_US
dc.rightsThe authors retain copyright ownership of this article. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the authors.en_US
dc.subjectAmish womenen_US
dc.subjectBody imageen_US
dc.subjectLife satisfactionen_US
dc.titleBody Image and Life Satisfaction in Amish, Catholic, and Non-Religious Womenen_US

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