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Title
Inhabiting the body : exploring the link between embodiment and identity in community adolescents
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Abstract
The intricate relationship between the body and identity has been highlighted in previous studies. However, a holistic approach to the body that focuses on embodiment is lacking in research examining body -identity linkages. The current study (N = 917 adolescents; 58% female; Mage = 16.17, range = 14-19 years) examined the psychometric properties of a Dutch translation of the Experience of Embodiment Scale (EES) and explored the link between embodiment and personal identity. First, confirmatory factor analysis revealed a second-order factor structure for the EES and adequate reliability coefficients were obtained. Metric invariance across gender was demonstrated for the first-and second-order factors. Second, path analysis demonstrated that experiencing embodiment was positively associated with adaptive identity work. Third, five identity statuses emerged using cluster analysis. Adolescents in statuses reflecting less adaptive identity functioning displayed lower levels of embodiment. The EES shows promising indications of reliability and factor structure for assessing adolescents' Experience of Embodiment, and the present study demonstrates that embodiment is meaningfully related to identity functioning. These findings support the call for the adoption of a positive psychology framework within this research field, with attention given to more broadly defined body-related concepts such as embodiment.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Body image. - Place of publication unknown
Publication
Place of publication unknown : 2023
ISSN
1740-1445
DOI
10.1016/J.BODYIM.2023.101623
Volume/pages
47 (2023) , p. 1-15
Article Reference
101623
ISI
001077140400001
Pubmed ID
37690378
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The author-created version that incorporates referee comments and is the accepted for publication version Available from 09.03.2024
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Creation 30.10.2023
Last edited 07.12.2023
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