The factor structure and psychometric properties of an Arabic-translated version of the Body Appreciation Scale-2

Zahir Vally, Caroline G. D'Souza, Hiba Habeeb, Basma M. Bensumaidea

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Abstract

Purpose: The conduct of body image studies with Arab populations is hindered by a lack of psychometrically sound assessment measures. We examined the psychometric properties of an Arabic translation of the most frequently employed measure of body appreciation, the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2). Design and Methods: A sample of college-aged women from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (n = 256) completed the Arabic BAS-2, and measures of aesthetic and functional body image, authentic body pride, and self-reported body mass index (BMI). Results: Exploratory factor analysis revealed that the Arabic BAS-2 had a one-dimensional factor structure. BAS-2 scores were positively correlated with body image and body pride, but not with BMI. Practice Implications: A psychometrically sound BAS-2 may now facilitate the conduct of cross-cultural work that includes the Arabic-speaking population, an often-neglected ethnic group in most body image studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-377
Number of pages5
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Arabic translation
  • body appreciation scale
  • factor structure
  • reliability
  • validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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