Body Image Dissatisfaction in Black and White Women An appropriate perspective of body image is an important component of self-esteem ( Reinisch and Beasley, 1991, p. 43). Significantly, women demonstrate much greater emotional response to self image than do men. Within the population of females, different racial groups demonstrate divergent perspectives of body image dissatisfaction. Of particular interest, are African American women more satisfied with their self image than Caucasian women? The following articles examine this question in an in depth literature review. In a study that specifically addressed the different considerations of body image dissatisfaction between black and white women, Perez and Joiner (2003) investigated the...The end:
..... Predictably, the researchers found that white and black women had different perspectives of BID, and the BID did impact different emotional factors for each group in different ways. Perhaps not as predictably when taken as a facet of this composite review of literature, the telling example of sub-groups demands delineated research that goes beyond merely ascribing black and white females. The hypothesis that African American women are more satisfied with their self image than Caucasian women is not absolutely established because of this study. It does create interesting facets of the racial division, in that sub-groups within racial groups should likely be measured to ascertain the appropriate external validity of a generalized hypothesis.