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.
|Commitee:||Greil, Larry, Lauback, Cris|
|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|
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