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ERIC Number: EJ793401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 160
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
The Role of the Media in Body Image Concerns among Women: A Meta-Analysis of Experimental and Correlational Studies
Grabe, Shelly; Ward, L. Monique; Hyde, Janet Shibley
Psychological Bulletin, v134 n3 p460-476 May 2008
Research suggests that exposure to mass media depicting the thin-ideal body may be linked to body image disturbance in women. This meta-analysis examined experimental and correlational studies testing the links between media exposure to women's body dissatisfaction, internalization of the thin ideal, and eating behaviors and beliefs with a sample of 77 studies that yielded 141 effect sizes. The mean effect sizes were small to moderate (ds = -0.28, -0.39, and -0.30, respectively). Effects for some outcome variables were moderated by publication year and study design. The findings support the notion that exposure to media images depicting the thin-ideal body is related to body image concerns for women. (Contains 2 footnotes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A