Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women's Body Image and Health: A Feminist Intervention Approach
by Rima, Brandi Nicole, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2011, 116; 3438891
Abstract (Summary)

Women's Body Image and Health: A Feminist Intervention Approach Prevention and intervention strategies for effectively addressing women's normative body image problems are critical for women's health promotion. This dissertation is an investigation of a feminist intervention approach to decreasing normative body image problems and related unhealthy behavioral beliefs and expectations among women. Participants viewed a brief presentation of posters involving body-specific feminist, general feminist or control messages. Analyses failed to indicate significant differences among feminist versus control message exposure groups in body image outcomes (i.e., body dissatisfaction and shame) or in beliefs and behavioral expectations regarding unhealthy weight control behaviors. Additionally, there was no evidence that exposure to feminist versus control posters led to greater agreement with feminist beliefs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zucker, Alyssa N.
Commitee: Forssell, Stephen, Rohrbeck, Cynthia, Stock, Michelle, Wirtz, Philip
School: The George Washington University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-B 72/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Body dissatisfaction, Body shame, Feminism, Health behavior intentions, Public service announcement, Women, Women's body image
Publication Number: 3438891
ISBN: 978-1-124-43296-0
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