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Further investigation of the validity and reliability of the Photographic Figure Rating Scale for body image assessment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin Tovee


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Previous studies have not fully investigated the psychometric properties of the Photographic Figure Rating Scale (PFRS). In 2 studies, we report on the test–retest reliability and convergent validity of ratings derived from the PFRS. In Study 1, 322 female university students in Britain provided self-ratings on the PFRS and objectively measured body mass index (BMI); a subsample of 132 women also completed the task after 5 weeks. In Study 2, 243 women from the community in Austria completed the PFRS along with a battery of other body image scales. Results of Study 1 showed that ratings on the PFRS had good test–retest reliability (all rs > .87) and good convergent validity in relation to BMI. Results of Study 2 showed that PFRS-derived body dissatisfaction scores were significantly correlated with a range of body image variables. These results provide evidence for the convergent validity and good test–retest reliability of the PFRS.

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Author(s): Swami V, Stieger S, Harris AS, Nader IW, Pietschnig J, Voracek M, Tovée MJ

Publication type: Article

Journal: Journal of Personality Assessment

Year: 2012

Volume: 94

Issue: 4

Pages: 404-409

Print publication date: 29/02/2012

ISSN (print): 0022-3891

ISSN (electronic): 1532-7752

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2012.660293


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