ERIC Number: EJ861478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Appearance Self-Attitudes of African American and European American Women: Media Comparisons and Internalization of Beauty Ideals
Jefferson, Deana L.; Stake, Jayne E.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v33 n4 p396-409 Dec 2009
African American (AA) women have reported less body image disturbance than European American (EA) women, but questions remain about the nature and extent of this difference. This study examined differences in the body image of 80 AA women and 89 EA women with an improved methodology that controlled for body size, distinguished between satisfaction with and importance of body features, and included nonweight (e.g., hair texture, skin color) as well as weight-related features. Results provide evidence that, in contrast to AA women, EA women (a) were more dissatisfied with both weight and specific appearance features, (b) compared themselves more often to media beauty figures and internalized Western beauty standards more, and (c) showed a significant relation between media comparisons and body dissatisfaction. Internalization of Western beauty ideals was related to body dissatisfaction in both groups of women.
Descriptors: Females, Self Concept, African Americans, Whites, Differences, Body Weight, Individual Characteristics, Satisfaction
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