Use of 3-dimensional body scans for body-image research

Tanya Domina, Roschelle Heuberger, Maureen MacGillivray

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This preliminary study explored the use of highly realistic 3-dimensional body-scan images as a potential tool, taking advantage of a much more specific and expanded representation of the entire body. Traditionally, body-image research makes use of various contour drawing scales whose 2-dimensional figures increase proportionately and do not match the shape of many women. The study tested whether body-scanned images (N = 85) could be consistendy "matched" to individual figures on a contour drawing scale. Internal consistency and interrater reliability were calculated and high coefficients were observed (α =.97, Κ=.80). The potential of utilizing 3-dimensional images either as more realistic somatotypes in contour-rating scales or as a measurement of body-image satisfaction using computer manipulation of a digital image is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-658
Number of pages6
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


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