Was the Duchess of Windsor right?: A cross-cultural review of the socioecology of ideals of female body shape

Ethology and Sociobiology Vol/Iss. 13(3) Elsevier Published In Pages: 197-227
By Anderson, Judith L., Crawford, Charles B., Nadeau, Joanne, Lindberg, Tracy


The more likely girls are to experience adverse consequences from the development of sexual maturity, the thinner the standard of beauty (204/216).


Adverse consequences were operationalized as 1) adolescent stress composite and 2) dissonance between norms of sexual expression by adolescent girls and the consequences of sexual expression (SE/SP dissonance).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Spearman Correlation TestSupportedp < 0.050.234 (adolescent stress composite) / 0.325 (SE/SP dissonance)One-tailed