Understanding the role of gender in body image research settings: Participant gender preferences for researchers and co-participants in interviews, focus groups and interventions

Zali Yager, Phillippa Diedrichs, Murray Drummond

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    Abstract

    Participant gender preferences for body image researchers, interventionists and focus group and intervention co-participants have been largely ignored, despite recognition that such characteristics can influence the nature and quality of data collected and intervention effects. To address this, Australian women (n=505) and men (n=220) completed a questionnaire about their preferences for interviewers and focus group facilitators, for teachers delivering school-based interventions, and for co-participants in these settings. Women predominantly preferred female interviewers and teachers, and mixed-sex co-participants, but most had no preference for focus group facilitators. Body dissatisfied women were more likely to prefer female researchers and single-sex co-participants. Most men did not have specific preferences, however, body dissatisfied men were more likely to report a gender preference for interviewers and teachers. Professional capabilities, personal qualities and appearance were regarded as important researcher characteristics. These findings have important implications for body image research, particularly among high-risk groups.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)574-582
    Number of pages9
    JournalBody Image
    Volume10
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

    Keywords

    • Body image
    • Focus groups
    • Gender
    • Interventions
    • Interviews
    • Researcher characteristics

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