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Media and body image : exploring the discrepancy between body perception and satisfaction

Miller, Evonne (2009) Media and body image : exploring the discrepancy between body perception and satisfaction. VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken, Germany.

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Abstract

This research explores the relationships among media consumption, body satisfaction and perception. Co-relational and experimental studies typically link exposure to the thin female body shape currently over-represented in the media with increased body dissatisfaction - contrary to this, however, my research demonstrates that women who view thin models perceive their bodies to be thinner (and closer to their ideal figure) than those who viewed control images. Yet, cognitive body dissatisfaction either did not change or increased. To explain this discrepancy, an anchoring explanation was postulated whereby exposure to thin women alters perceptions of their own weight, as well as what weight is "normal". My research suggests that women's perception of, and satisfaction with, their body vary depending on the anchor provided by media images, their perceived similarity to the image and their perception of their relative body size.

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ID Code: 28478
Item Type: Book
Keywords: Body image, media, perception
ISBN: 9783639171839
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Evonne Miller and VDM Verlag
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2009 08:30
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:57

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