Sara E. Mason, Nyssa L. Snow



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The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of thin-ideal media on body image in college age women. The discrepancy between the ideal presented in the media and the reality for most individuals is thought to be a significant source of body dissatisfaction. Exposure to thin-ideal media may have negative effects on women's body image, but there are contradictory findings in existing literature. The discrepant findings in research on body image may be due to inconsistencies across studies regarding which body image dimension is assessed. Discrepancies may also be due to a failure to control for the pretest sensitization effects of body image assessment. This research addresses these methodological problems and elaborates on existing literature. A better understanding of the ways in which thin-ideal media influences the different dimensions of body image will guide and inform the development of interventions designed to prevent body image problems and eating disorder tendencies.

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Graduate Research

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Roger N. Reeb

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The Effect of Thin-Ideal Media on Body Image:An Experiment Using the Solomon Four-Group Design