Media influence on body image dissatisfaction

Makisha Gibbs, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between body image dissatisfaction and the media’s influence among women as measured by the Body Esteem Scale and the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionaire-3 (SATAQ-3). The sample consisted of 107 participants who were recruited from individual psychology courses at a state university. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlations and Analysis of Variance. Statistical analyses revealed: (a) there was a significant relationship found between body dissatisfaction and the media’s influence, (b) there was no significant difference between Caucasian and African American women in body dissatisfaction, (c) there was no significant difference between Caucasian and African American women when it relates to the media’s influence, and (d) there was not a significant difference between age and the media’s influence when it relates to body dissatisfaction. This study provides important information related to understanding the relationships between the media’s influence on a woman’s body satisfaction. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical|Mass Communications

Recommended Citation

Makisha Gibbs, "Media influence on body image dissatisfaction" (2010). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1476479.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI1476479

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