An exploration of the tripartite influence model of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating among Australian and French college women

Body Image. 2011 Jun;8(3):208-15. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2011.04.009. Epub 2011 Jun 12.


The aim of the study was to compare levels of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and risk factors, and to examine the tripartite influence model of body image and eating disturbance among French and Australian young adult females. Participants were 188 Australian (mean age=19.6 years, SD=1.0) and 190 French (mean age=20.7 years, SD=2.6) students. Media, peer and family influences, internalisation of media ideals, appearance comparison, body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness, bulimia and self-esteem were assessed. Australian participants reported perceiving more peer and media influence, and higher levels of appearance comparison, internalisation of media ideals and bulimic symptoms than French participants (p<.001). Path analyses revealed that the tripartite model was a good fit in both samples, with similarities and differences. Findings suggest the importance of identifying cultural specificities, and developing a global framework of body image and eating disturbance with a view to prevention.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Australia
  • Body Image*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bulimia / psychology
  • Culture
  • Family / psychology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Mass Media
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Peer Group
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Students / psychology*
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Thinness / psychology
  • Young Adult