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Adapting the Body Appreciation Scale-2 for Children: A psychometric analysis of the BAS-2C

Halliwell, Emma; Jarman, Hannah; Tylka, Tracy; Slater, Amy


Hannah Jarman

Tracy Tylka

Amy Slater
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research


© 2017 Positive body image among adults is related to numerous indicators of well-being. However, no research has explored body appreciation among children. To facilitate our understanding of children's positive body image, the current study adapts and validates the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2; Tylka & Wood-Barcalow, 2015a) for use with children. Three hundred and forty-four children (54.4% girls) aged 9–11 completed the adapted Body Appreciation Scale-2 for Children (BAS-2C) alongside measures of body esteem, media influence, body surveillance, mood, and dieting. A sub-sample of 154 participants (62.3% girls) completed the questionnaire 6-weeks later to examine stability (test-retest) reliability. The BAS-2C displayed a unidimensional factor structure and evidence of internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct, criterion-related, and incremental validity. Additionally, the results suggest adaptive properties of body appreciation for body-related and emotional well-being among children. The BAS-2C could serve as an essential component within research to understand and estimate children's positive body image.


Halliwell, E., Jarman, H., Tylka, T., & Slater, A. (2017). Adapting the Body Appreciation Scale-2 for Children: A psychometric analysis of the BAS-2C. Body Image, 21, 97-102.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 14, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2017
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Pages 97-102
Keywords children, Body Appreciation Scale-2, positive body image, assessment, psychometrics, preadolescents, body image
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