Girls' and Boys' Views of Body Types
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G ir l s ' a n d b o y s ' v i e w s o f b o d y t y p e s *

Adults in our society make generalizations about people based on body type. Wells and Siegel (1961) demonstrated this by having 120 men and women rate silhouette drawings of male and female ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs (Sheldon, 1942) on a variety of bipolar scales. Consistent differences emerged in the ways subjects rated the three types. Ectomorphs, for example, were considered nervous and quiet, mesomorphs strong and good-looking, and endomorphs warm­ hearted and socially dependent.