German translation and psychometric evaluation of the Body Appreciation Scale

Viren Swami, Stefan Stieger, Tanja Haubner, Martin Voracek

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This paper examined the psychometric properties of the German version of the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS), a novel scale for the assessment of positive body image. Based on a community sample of 156 women and 144 men in Austria, results showed good internal reliability and construct validity for the BAS scores, as well as a unidimensional factor structure for both women and men. Specifically, Cronbach's alpha was high for both women (alpha=.90) and men (alpha=.85), and the BAS was correlated with the body esteem scale and self-esteem. In addition, women with lower BMIs reported greater body appreciation, but no such association was found for men. Finally, there were small sex differences in BAS scores, with men scoring more positively than women (Cohen's d=0.26). The German BAS, a useful indicator of positive body image among Austrian adults, should prove valuable for the assessment of body image in German-speaking countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-127
Number of pages6
JournalBody Image
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Austria
  • Body Image
  • Body Mass Index
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychometrics
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Desirability
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Translations
  • Validation
  • Body Appreciation Scale
  • German translation
  • Community samples
  • Positive body image

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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