Applicability of the Somatomorphic Matrix computer program in Japanese and Australian Caucasian males in relation to measured body composition

Kagawa, Masaharu, Kerr, Deborah, Dhaliwal, Satvinder, Hills, Andrew P., & Binns, Colin W. (2006) Applicability of the Somatomorphic Matrix computer program in Japanese and Australian Caucasian males in relation to measured body composition. Body Image, 3(4), pp. 385-394.

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The Somatomorphic Matrix (SM) is a computer-based body image assessment program that allows assessment of the individual's body image in relation to known body composition values. To date, no study has compared the SM results to the measured body composition and assessed the usefulness in multi-ethnic samples. Japanese and Australian Caucasian males underwent testing to examine the SM body image results to their measured body composition. Japanese males showed significant (p < 0.01) discrepancy in their measured and the perceived 'current' muscularity compared with Australians. Both groups showed wide variability in the perception of their 'current' body composition in relation to the measured values, indicating an incomparability of the SM results to the measured results. The study also showed Japanese males to have lower consistency in the SM results than Australian males after a 12-month interval. In order to use the program in multi-ethnic populations further development of the program is recommended.

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ID Code: 10732
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Somatomorphic Matrix program, Japanese, Australian, Males
DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2006.09.005
ISSN: 1740-1445
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Elsevier
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:27

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