Exploring the Relationship between Self-esteem and Wearing Plus-size Apparel

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2016-11-09
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Romeo, Laurel
Matthews, Delisia
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This study explored the relationship between being a plus-size woman and self-esteem among African-American, Caucasian, and Latina women. Thirty-one participants completed a survey using Rosenburg's self-esteem scale, an in-depth interview, and a 3D body scan. ANOVA and Chi-square were used to examine quantitative data. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and examined for patterns and inferences. Significant differences regarding self-esteem and being a plus-size woman were observed among ethnicity, income, education, relationship status, and whether or not the participant had children. Participants in the middle-income range, those with only a high-school education, divorced women, and those with no children, were found to be the least satisfied with being considered plus-size. In-depth interviews revealed ethnicity and its associated cultural values and have a significant impact on how a plus-size woman views herself. Additionally, participants provided advice to the apparel industry regarding styles, prints, colors, and cut of plus-size apparel currently on the market.

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