Translation and psychometric evaluation of a Standard Chinese version of the Body Appreciation Scale-2

Viren Swami, Siu-Kuen Ng, David Barron

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The present study examined the factorial and construct validity of a Standard Chinese translation of the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS-2; Tylka & Wood-Barcalow, 2015b). Participants were 191 women and 154 men from mainland China who were resident in Hong Kong at the time of recruitment. Results of confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the one-dimensional model of the BAS-2, in which all 10 items loaded onto the same factor, had adequate fit, and was invariant across sex. Body appreciation scores had good internal consistency and were significantly correlated with self-esteem and life satisfaction, and, in women, with weight discrepancy and body mass index. There were no significant differences in body appreciation scores between women and men. The present findings suggest that the Standard Chinese translation of the BAS-2 has the same one-dimensional factor structure as its parent scale and may facilitate cross-cultural studies of positive body image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalBody Image
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image/psychology
  • China/ethnology
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Hong Kong/ethnology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics/instrumentation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires/standards
  • Translations
  • Young Adult


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