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Body Image Assessments: MBSRQ
The Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire (MBSRQ) is a well-validated self-report inventory for the assessment of body image. Body image is conceived as oneâs attitudinal dispositions toward the physical self. As attitudes, these dispositions include evaluative, cognitive, and behavioral components. Moreover, the physical self encompasses not only oneâs physical appearance but also the body's competence or "fitness" and its biological integrity or "health/illness."
The MBSRQ is intended for use with adults and adolescents (15 years or older). Two forms of the MBSRQ are available. The full, 69-item version consists of 10 subscales: Evaluation and Orientation vis-à-vis Appearance, Fitness, and Health/Illness, plus Overweight Preoccupation, Self-Classified Weight, and the Body Areas Satisfaction Scale (BASS). The MBSRQ-Appearance Scales (MBSRQ-AS) is a 34-item measure that consists of 5 subscales Appearance Evaluation, Appearance Orientation, Overweight Preoccupation, Self-Classified Weight, and the BASS.
The 12-page MBSRQ manual provides information about its scientific development, its subscales and their interpretation, scoring formulae, gender-specific norms, and reliability data. All subscales possess acceptable internal consistency and stability. References are also given pertinent to the MBSRQ's strong convergent, discriminant, and construct validities.
The MBSRQ (both forms) and its manual are available for a nominal fee. Purchasers are permitted limited duplication of the questionnaires for research or clinical purposes. Conditions of use are as follows:
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