Adaptation and validation of the Body Image Life Disengagement Questionnaire (BILD-Q) for use in english among adolescents in urban India

Farheen Hasan, Kirsty M. Garbett, Phillippa C. Diedrichs, Anshula Chaudhry, Latika Ahuja, Eleanora Uglik-Marucha, Silia Vitoratou, Megha Dhillon, Hemal Shroff, Helena Lewis-Smith*

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Abstract

Body image concerns are a global issue among adolescents, including in India. These concerns can prevent adolescents from engaging in everyday life activities, impeding social and academic development. However, at present, there are no psychometrically valid measures to assess such impact in the Indian context. This study culturally adapted and validated the Body Image Life Disengagement Questionnaire (BILD-Q) for use in English among adolescents in urban India. A total of 1427 adolescents completed an adapted version of the BILD-Q along with additional measures pertaining to body image. Exploratory factor analysis identified one dimension of body image life disengagement, which provided the best fit. The 9-item one-factor model was further supported by confirmatory factor analysis. The scale demonstrated good internal consistency and test re-test reliability. Further analysis demonstrated that the scale can be used to compare scores between boys and girls without measurement bias. This study presents a culturally adapted version of the BILD-Q, which can be used as a valid and reliable measure to assess the impact of body image concerns on life disengagement among English-speaking adolescents in urban India.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101673
JournalBody Image
Volume48
Early online date21 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Body image
  • Culture
  • Life engagement
  • Psychometric evaluation
  • Scale validation

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