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Methodological Concerns When Using Silhouettes To Measure Body Image

Rick M. Gardner, Brenda N. Friedman, Natalie A. Jackson

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This paper discusses methodological concerns of using silhouette figures to measure body images. These include concerns related to scale coarseness (limiting response options to one of a finite number of drawings), restriction of range, method of presentation, and scale of measurement. Recommendations are made to address these limitations, and an alternative silhouette scale using continuous scale measurements is proposed.