ISSN 2586-0151 (Print)
ISSN 2586-0046 (Online)
Volume 14, Number 1 (1/2018)
Original Article <page. 36-43 >

The Reliability and Validity of the Korean version of the Body Shape Questionnaire

Tae-Sung Kim, MD1; and Ik-Seung Chee, MD, PhD2;

1;Buy Eo Cheong Dam Hospital, Buyeo, 2;Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Institute of Brain Research, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea

Objective : There is an increasing number of people are not satisfied with their appearance and shape. Therefore, assessment tools are needed to evaluate the appearance or body shape. This study investigated the reliability and validity of a Korean version of the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ).

Methods : Participants completed the BSQ, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Examination-Self Report, Eating Disorder Inventory-2, Beck Depression Inventory, Self-Esteem Scale, State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory, and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory.

Results : The Korean version of BSQ presented satisfactory test-retest reliability, internal consistency and validity. Exploratory factor analysis yielded four factors as follow: feeling fat, shame and inferiority about one's body shape, attitudes concerning body image perception, and purging behavior.

Conclusion : These results show the Korean BSQ exhibits good psychometric properties and can accurately evaluate the body shape concerns among Korean adults.


Key words : Body dissatisfaction;Body shape questionnaire;Korean version;Reliability;Validity.

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