Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reality TV programs, Internet use, and eating disorder symptoms
by Pryslopski, Heather A., Psy.D., Alfred University, 2011, 93; 3469833
Abstract (Summary)

This study analyzed the relations of viewing reality television and pro-anorexia websites with the occurrence of disordered eating behaviors in adolescent females, while taking into account internalization of the thin-ideal and eating-related expectancies. These are newer forms of media that are in the early stages of research. Two hundred and eighty six participants were recruited from a school district in upstate New York. Results indicate that viewing pro-anorexia websites directly related to a higher degree of bulimia symptoms while viewing reality television related to maladaptive eating behaviors through development of a greater internalization of the thin-deal and eatingrelated expectancies. These findings encourage further examination of newer forms of media as well as multifaceted prevention efforts that address these relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Atlas, Jana
Commitee: Greil, Larry, Lauback, Cris
School: Alfred University
Department: Division of Counseling and School Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Mass communications
Keywords: Anorexia, Eating disorders, Eating-related expectancies, Reality television, Thin ideal
Publication Number: 3469833
ISBN: 9781124862170
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