Relations between self-esteem, pubertal timing, and body image were investigated with a representative sample of Scottish schoolgirls II (n = 1,012, (X) over bar = 11.53 years, SD = 0.32) and 13 (n = 799, (X) over bar = 13.53, SD = 0.32) years of age. Data were derived from the Health Behaviour in School Children: WHO Cross-National Survey, specifically the Scottish survey Among II-year-olds, early maturation and lower ratings of body image (body size and perceived appearance) were associated with lower reported levels of self-esteem. There also was evidence that body image mediated the relation of pubertal timing on self-esteem for this age group. Among 13-year-olds, reports of body size concerns and poorer perceived appearance were predictive of lower ratings of self-esteem, as was late maturation. In this case, there was no evidence of mediation. Results lend support to the contention that pubertal timing influences body image and self-esteem.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Journal of early adolescence|
|Publication status||Published - May 2000|
- body image
- pubertal timing
- school children
Williams, J. M., & Currie, C. E. (2000). Self-esteem and physical development in early adolescence: pubertal timing and body image. Journal of early adolescence, 20(2), 129-149. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272431600020002002