Body Image Perceptions Among Sorority and Non-Sorority Women at a Rural Southeastern University

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Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of sorority affiliation on body image perceptions and body dissatisfaction in a sample of Caucasian college women at a rural, mid-size southeastern university. Data were obtained from a sample of sorority (n = 303) and non-sorority (n = 178) college women at a rural, mid-size southeastern university during Spring 2006. Independent samples t-tests showed that sorority women reported significantly higher body dissatisfaction (p<0.002) and poorer body image perceptions (p<0.002) compared to their non-sorority counterparts. Results of a backward elimination stepwise regression procedure showed that Body Mass Index (BMI) and Greek affiliation were significant predictors of both body dissatisfaction and poor body image. Results of this study will be valuable to Caucasian college-aged women, university administrators in the Offices of Greek Life, Residence Life, and Campus Health Education and Promotion, and indicate the need to continue body image education regardless of individual group affiliations.