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The Relationship between Social Media Use, Body Image and Attitudes towards Food among Female Adolescents
by Smith, Corinne R., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 34; 10825580
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between social media use, in terms of time spent and intensity, and attitudes towards eating and body image in female adolescents. With social media use at an all-time high, investigating this relationship among female adolescents is essential. This study will explore what social media sites are used and how much the female adolescents observe in the media using an adapted survey about social media use, body satisfaction using the Body Acceptance Scale and eating competence using the Satter Eating Competence Scale. There were 13 female eighth grade students from Long Beach, California that participated in this study. It was found that there is a significant negative correlation between time spent on social media and body appreciation. However, the social media intensity score was not significantly correlated with body appreciation or eating competence. In conclusion, this suggested relationship between time spent on social media and body image represents the current social media landscape. These data can be used to further study how social media may be affecting its users and help create interventions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gray, Virginia
Commitee: Ede, Alison, Funk Njoroge, Lisa
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition
Keywords: Attitudes towards food, Body image, Female adolescents, Social media use
Publication Number: 10825580
ISBN: 978-0-438-17959-2
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