Home > Research . Search . Country . Browse . Small Grants

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Shaefer on study showing US spends less on poorest children, more on the elderly, than it did 20 years ago

Kruger on how women assess men who display conspicuous consumption

Cech analyzes impacts on employees of "ideal worker norms" and workplace flexibility bias

More News

Highlights

Call for Papers: PSID User Conference 2018: Child Wellbeing and Outcomes in Childhood, Young Adulthood, and over the Lifecourse

Martha Bailey elected to the board of the Society of Labor Economists

Patrick Kline wins SOLE's Sherwin Rosen Prize for "Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Labor Economics"

Charlie Brown elected to the board of the Society of Labor Economists

More Highlights

Next Brown Bag

More PSC brown bags, Fall 2018

Janette Norrington photo

Self Perceptions of Beauty of African American Girls across Social Class

a PSC Small Fund Research Project

Investigator:   Janette Norrington

Research indicates that 80% of black women 40 years of age or older are overweight and more than half are obese. Obesity has contributed to black women experiencing earlier onset of chronic diseases, more years of disability, and early mortality than their white counterparts. Obesity imposes a significant economic burden on public and private payers, affecting direct healthcare costs and loss of productivity. Racial disparities in obesity have been explained in several ways, including that African American and European American females have different views on body image and tolerance for obesity.

This study examines the perceptions of beauty and weight among African American and white American female adolescents across class, investigating the following questions: (1) How do African American adolescent females’ perceptions of weight and body-size relate to the obesity epidemic? (2) To what extent do perceptions of beauty and weight among African American adolescent females differ across class? (3) To what extent do perceptions of beauty and weight among African American adolescent females differ from their white counterparts? (4) To what extent do social support and relationships, such as peer networks, relate to perceptions of beauty?

Funding Period: 05/01/2014 to 12/31/2014

Country of Focus: USA

Support PSC's Small Grant Program

Search . Browse