Objective: The purpose of this study was to develop and validate the Thai version of the Body appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2). Previous empirical research suggested that body appreciation is associated with positive psychological well-being such as life-satisfaction and self-esteem in female sample. Materials and methods: A total sample comprised of 217 Thai females, whose mean age was 47.1 years old (SD=1). They completed the Thai version of the BAS-2 developed through the process of backtranslation. The 10 items are rated on a 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (never) to 5 (always). Then, they completed the measures of the Physical Body Experiences Questionnaires (PBE) and the Body Surveillance subscale from the Objectified Body Consciousness Scales (BOC-S), whose scores have been shown empirically to be positively and negatively associated with that of BAS-2, respectively. The two measures were completed to ensure convergent validity of the BAS-2.
Results: Data analysis demonstrated that the BAS-2 has high internal consistency coefficient (Cronbach’s alpha =.90). CITC for the 10 items were significant ranging between .53 and .75. Factor structure analysis revealed that the Thai translation of the BAS-2 is unidimensional. Pearson’s product-moment correlation indices provided support for the convergent validity of the measure in relation to the two criterion variables. In line with previous empirical findings, the score from the BAS-2 was positively associated with the PBE (r=.42, p<.001) and negatively associated with the BOC-S (r=.23, p<.001). Conclusion: The Thai version of the BAS-2 was found to be reliable, valid and demonstrated unidimensional factor structure.
Worakarn Saekim, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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