Body Image and Media

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BODY IMAGE ABSTRACT The study aimed to determine the connection and measure the influential effects exposure to pervasive beauty images have on how female adolescents view their body. Recent findings have revealed that regardless the age, weight or size, at some point women experience body dissatisfaction (Paquette & Raine, 2004). All subjects were female adolescents ranging from sixteen and nineteen years of age. All subjects were equally put into groups. The control group (n=20) was solely given the Body Image self-report questionnaire to complete and the experimental group (n=20) were required to watch a 2.21 minute clip from one of ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’. The data analysis showed a significant difference between the control group (M=52.65) and experimental (M=65.70) on the Body image self-report questionnaire; indicating that female adolescents exposed to beauty images that convey thinness to be ideal; do in fact show body dissatisfaction. As a result, the null hypothesis was not rejected. CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION Having body image anxiety is obviously due to having a negative self-perception, and such insecurities mean decrease in confidence. Liberal Democrat MP Jo aswell as previous research firmly believe that specific exposed media can have a negative influence on the way one sees their own body. Beauty promoting advertisements such as L’Oreal are very unrealistic. Research has been citied showing how the increasing airbrushing culture leads to huge self-esteem problems. Whether it be online, on magazines, televisions or in billboards, More elaborately, women are portrayed to have perfect looking skin, voluminous shiny hair, sexy long legs and non existent stretch marks and cellulite. These prevalent idealiised and altered images promoted in advertising not only state that the ideal woman if of a certain weight, shape and size;
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