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ERIC Number: EJ914820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
"If Only I Were Thin Like Her, Maybe I Could Be Happy Like Her": The Self-Implications of Associating a Thin Female Ideal with Life Success
Evans, Peggy Chin
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v27 n3 p209-214 Sep 2003
Women often feel dissatisfied with their appearance after comparing themselves to other females who epitomize the thin-ideal standard of beauty. The current study posits that women associate a thin-ideal female body type with positive life-success, and that it may be this psychological link that drives feelings of negativity toward the self after such upward social comparisons. The results revealed that women reported more self-dissatisfaction and less optimism about their possible future life outcomes after exposure to a thin-ideal female target that ostensibly had a successful life than when the target ostensibly had an unsuccessful life. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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