The effect of media and the fashion industry on body image
Young girls are not only taught that thinner is more attractive but that thinness is directly related to likeability and therefore success in all aspects of life. By the time young women reach their teenage years, the message of what is culturally acceptable has no doubt been recognized. It is also exceedingly possible that it has already been internalized as the only acceptable way to present oneself. It has been suggested that psychology students would be more likely to reject these ideals based on the information and knowledge obtained through their coursework (Thompson, Heinberg, Altabe, & Tantleff-Dunn, 1999). Therefore, undergraduate psychology and non-psychology students were asked to answer three questionnaires. They included Thompson and Cusumano's Sociocultural Attitudes Toward Appearance Questionnaire-Female Version (1997), Stice's Ideal Body Internalization Scale-Revised (1998), and Strowman's Comparison To Models Survey (1996). Although there were no significant differences between the two groups, the psychology students scored consistently higher on all measures.
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Lavooy, Maria J.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Body image in women;Mass media -- Psychological aspects
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Mannor, Susan, "The effect of media and the fashion industry on body image" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 335.