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A modified video camera for measuring body image distortion: technical description and reliability

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2009

Richard J. Freeman*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C., Canada.
Cheryl D. Thomas
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C., Canada.
Leslie Solyom
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C., Canada.
Michael A. Hunter
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C., Canada.
*
1Address for correspondence: Dr Richard J. Freeman, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C., Canada V5A 1S6.

Synopsis

Previously employed techniques for the measurement of body image are briefly described, with a short consideration of methodological or procedural limitations associated with each technique. A new procedure is described which employs a simple modification to a standard video camera to produce an image which appears from 20% thinner to 40% fatter than the actual person, without other distortion of the image. Reliability and preliminary validity data for the new procedure are presented.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1984

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