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ERIC Number: ED503960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Achievement and Body Image in Undergraduate Women
Miles, Jennifer M.
Online Submission
Women attend college to further themselves through education, but are confronted with traditional concepts of beauty and stereotypes regarding physical appearance. For many women, college is a paradox between the serious nature of intellectual curiosity and the pull to conform to societal expectations. These expectations can be powerful forces as the students define themselves through their years in college. This study was conducted in order to determine if a correlation exists between academic achievement and body image in college women. The McCroskey Image Fixation Questionnaire was chosen for this study because it was designed to determine an individual's fixation with his or her physical appearance. The questionnaire was distributed to undergraduate college women at three institutions of higher education. The institutions included the following: a public, research-focused university; a public, comprehensive university; and a private, liberal arts college. The survey instrument included 30 true/false items. The number of true statements indicated how sensitive the participant was regarding her physical appearance. Six hundred eighteen surveys were used in the analysis. Participants were asked to self-report their grade point average and this was correlated with the student's image fixation score. The Pearson Product Moment Correlation demonstrated an inverse relationship between academic performance and body image, suggesting that a healthier body image was positively linked to a higher grade point average. The findings also suggested further investigation. Qualitative research may be warranted to gain a better understanding of how women with different grade point averages feel about their bodies. This information could be helpful to health educators, academic advisors, and student affairs professionals. (Contains 4 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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