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Martha V. Whetsell

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Bangladeshi; body size; mother; perception; scale; silhouette


There is no culturally congruent children's silhouette scale to understand how Bangladeshi mothers perceive their children's body sizes and weight categories. The purpose of this study was to develop and validate an ethnic congruent Bangladeshi Pediatric Silhouette Scale (BPSS) and a facial feature scale to assess the mothers' perceptions of their children's body sizes, weight categories and facial features. The study methodology was a quantitative, descriptive design with scale content validation. The sample was comprised of 29 Bangladeshis mothers ages 25-40 and their four-five year old children living in London, England and New York City. The Mola Facetool analyses revealed that the gender set preference consensus was achieved in 13 of 14 facial features which were statistical non-significant. The hair variable revealed a significant difference with conditions; t (27) = -2.42, p = .02. The BPSS was validated by the analyses of three gender set sequences of A, B and C silhouette scales from thinnest to heaviest ordering and weight classifications assignments. The Cronbach alpha coefficients were significant for the samples. The independent sample t tests and paired t test revealed no differences between the samples with the ordering and weight classification of sequences A and B scales, achieving a p > .05. There was a significant difference between the samples in the scores of identifying correct weight classification of sequence C silhouettes scale, boys with shorts, with the conditions; t (8) = 2.44, p = .04. The BPSS has provided a cultural congruent adiposity risk tool in the Bangladeshi community.

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