A plethora of research indicates that magazine reading hasan impact on body image and the perception of the idealized body. This impact tends to be harmful and in some cases is associated with the progression of eating and body dysmorphic disorders in both men and women. However, there appears to be little information on adolescent tendencies to internalize prescribed body image ideals as well as their knowledge of this impact. Using a modified version of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire (SATAQ), 197 high school students responded to questions about magazine reading habits and internalization of body ideals, as well as their belief in media influence. Gender and ethnicity as mediating factors were also assessed. Results suggest readers, especially female, are more likely to internalize images. While those who score highest on the SATAQ acknowledged this impact, most readers denied it. Implications are reviewed. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, www.ohiolink.edu/etd.
|Commitee:||Holm, Marilyn, Linn, Patricia, Reid, Molly|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral Sciences, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Adolescent, Body image, Magazine|
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