Physical self-perceptions in adolescence: Generalizability of a hierarchical multidimensional model across three cultures

Martin S. HAGGER, Stuart J. H. BIDDLE, Wah Edward CHOW, Natalia STAMBULOVA, Maria KAVUSSANU

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Abstract

This study examines the generalizability of the form, structural parameters, and latent means of a hierarchical multidimensional model of physical self-perceptions in adolescents from three cultures. A children's version of the physical self-perception profile (PSPP-C) was administered to samples of British, Hong Kong, and Russian high school students. A structural equation model that hypothesized a hierarchical structure with global self-esteem as a super ordinate construct and physical self-worth as a domain-level construct governing the PSPP-C subdomains fit the data adequately. Tests of the cross-cultural generalizability of the proposed model supported the invariance of the factor pattern and model parameters across the samples. Latent means analysis suggested that the factor means were significantly higher in the British sample, a finding that supports the results of cross-cultural studies of self-esteem in other domains. Copyright © 2003 Western Washington University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-628
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

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adolescence
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Citation

Hagger, M. S., Biddle, S. J. H., Chow, E. W., Stambulova, N., & Kavussanu, M. (2003). Physical self-perceptions in adolescence: Generalizability of a hierarchical multidimensional model across three cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 34(6), 611-628.

Keywords

  • Physical self-concept
  • Cross-cultural invariance
  • Models of self-esteem
  • Individualism
  • Individualism-collectivism