Media Consumption, Body Image and Thin Ideals in New Zealand Men and Women
Miller, Evonne & Halberstadt, Jamin (2005) Media Consumption, Body Image and Thin Ideals in New Zealand Men and Women. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 34(3), pp. 189-195.
This study investigated the relationships among awareness and internalisation of societal ideals, body perception and media consumption for young adult New Zealand men (n=62) and women (n=119) attending the University of Otago. This survey confirms that young New Zealand women, but not men, experience the body image dissatisfaction deemed normative for women living in Westernised cultures. Women, but not men, selected significantly smaller ideal figures than the figures they thought and felt their bodies looked like. Both men and women were equally aware of the importance society places on physical attractiveness and being thin, but women reported significantly greater internalisation of thinness norms. Total media consumption, which did not significantly differ as a function of gender, was correlated with increased awareness and internalisation of thinness ideals for both men and women but only predicted body perceptions in the latter. Overall, these results suggest that New Zealand women, but not men, are unhappy with their bodies and want to be thinner.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||media, body image, body satisfaction|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2005 New Zealand Psychological Society|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||07 Feb 2007 00:00|
|Last Modified:||27 May 2016 00:19|
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