Increased body satisfaction after exposure to thin ideal children's television in young girls showing thin ideal internalisation
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SourcePsychology & Health, 27, 5, (2012), pp. 603-617
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Psychology & Health
SubjectCommunication and Media; Developmental Psychopathology; Dynamics of gender; Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment
This study tested the direct effect of watching thin ideal children's television on body satisfaction in preadolescent girls (6–8 years old). A within-subject design was used in which girls (N = 51) were tested three times. They watched television clips in random order containing either (1) thin ideal animated characters or (2) animated characters with no thin ideal features or (3) ‘real’ human actors with no thin ideal features. After watching, their state body satisfaction was measured. Girls with higher levels of thin ideal internalisation showed higher body satisfaction after exposure to the thin ideal characters than after exposure to animated or real characters featuring no thin ideal features. No differences on body satisfaction between the exposure conditions were found in girls with lower levels of thin ideal internalisation. The results might suggest that young girls who internalised the thin ideal are inspired by thin ideal characters in children's media.
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