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Popular magazines and body image : a phenomenological approach

Kaczynski, Lori J. author ;Rosenberg, Judith H., 1950- thesis advisor


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  • Title:
    Popular magazines and body image : a phenomenological approach
  • Author/Creator: Kaczynski, Lori J. author
  • Rosenberg, Judith H., 1950- thesis advisor; Central Connecticut State University. Department of Counselor Education.
  • Creation Date: 1996
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: 1, 44 leaves ; 29 cm.; paper 29 cm. ink typescript.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 38-42).
  • Subjects: Body image; Women -- Psychology; Self-esteem in women; Eating disorders -- Social aspects
  • Description: Throughout the years, society's standards of beauty have changed. One potent source of change is the mass media, which has cultivated society's idealistic standards for body image and beauty through its presentation of beautiful models in magazines. The current study examines whether young, female college students tend to compare themselves to the models in magazines, as well as whether they are influenced by them. As a method of gathering data, the participants were shown pictures of models from popular women's magazines and completed a survey form. The survey consisted of questions pertaining to the women's feelings about the models as well as their feelings about their own bodies. Results of the study indicated that the models in magazines provided a powerful source of comparison for the women. It was also found that the participants were influenced by the models in several ways. The current study also explores one of the potential negative consequences of continued exposure to models in magazines- eating disorders. In addition, the study explores several different treatment approaches for eating disorders.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 38-42).
  • Degree Granted: M.S. Central Connecticut State University 1996
  • OCLC Number: 36223156