Assessment of body image: Psychometric properties of the Body Image Questionnaire

Eva Penelo, Paola Espinoza, Mariona Portell, Rosa M. Raich*

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This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Body Image Questionnaire (QÜIC) in Spanish adolescents. The sample comprised 254 girls and 189 boys, aged 12-15. Principal component analyses showed that the 18 satisfaction items could be summarized using two moderately interrelated dimensions, torso and head/limbs, with satisfaction with chest/breast and genitals loading on a different factor for boys (torso) and girls (head/limbs). The QÜIC measures of body satisfaction, body problems, general physical appearance and conformity with weight and height presented satisfactory test-retest reliability, internal consistency and convergent validity. Our findings support the use of the QÜIC when assessing body image.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)556-566
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • Adolescents
  • body image problems
  • body image satisfaction
  • QÜIC
  • reliability
  • validity


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