Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Building positive body image in adolescent girls: An evaluation of a body image prevention program
by Shibata, Cameron L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 71; 10254341
Abstract (Summary)

The current thesis evaluates the Body IMAGEination program implemented to improve body image and health behaviors of adolescent girls at the nonprofit organization Girls Incorporated. The program goals were to teach program participants to (1) deconstruct media messages, (2) navigate negative appearance messages (3) encourage a healthy lifestyle and (4)understand normal development and puberty. One Hundred and twenty-four adolescent girls (ages 12-15) participated in the evaluation and completed pre and post tests on body satisfaction.It was expected that participants who completed the program would display improvements ingoals from pre-test to post-test and show improved body satisfaction. As hypothesized, results indicated that participation in the program significantly predicted improved satisfaction in sexual attractiveness, physical condition, and weight concern. Additionally, regression analyses indicated that greater ability to navigate negative messages from friends, family and peers predicted positive changes in weight concern.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ahrens, Courtney
Commitee: Chun, Chi Ah, Urizar, Guido
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Adolescent, Body image, Body satisfaction, Program evaluation, Women
Publication Number: 10254341
ISBN: 978-1-369-62754-1
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