Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Beauty is pain: The physical, psychological, and emotional impact of female images in the media
by Kawecki, Amy Michelle, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 72; 1484575
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the harmful physical, psychological, and emotional consequences of sexualized representations of females in the media. Until recently, little research existed specific to the role that the media plays in psychologically influencing an imprecise and unsatisfied view of the female body. However, now there is clear evidence that the media plays a major role in disrupting positive self-images of females exposed to distorted images of the “ideal” beauty.

Utilizing heuristic methodology, this thesis explores the psychological and emotional effects of female images in the media. The thesis also discusses the importance of developing one’s own positive self-image in a world where women are bombarded with negative messages and asserts that public awareness is needed in order for mental health providers to heal their patients.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrari, Diana
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Womens studies, Mass communications
Publication Number: 1484575
ISBN: 978-1-109-75965-5
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