Media influences on attitudes and perceptions toward the body among adult men and women

McCabe, Marita, Butler, Kelly and Watt, Christina 2007, Media influences on attitudes and perceptions toward the body among adult men and women, Journal of applied biobehavioral research, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 101-118.

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Title Media influences on attitudes and perceptions toward the body among adult men and women
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Butler, Kelly
Watt, Christina
Journal name Journal of applied biobehavioral research
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 101
End page 118
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1071-2089
1751-9861
Summary The current study investigated media influences on men's and women's body perception. Participants were 60 men and 60 women. Men overestimated their chest, waist, and thighs and underestimated their hips. Women overestimated the size of all body parts. Men's and women's perception of their body was not predicted by media exposure or attitudes to the media. Both men's and women's ideal body was different from their current bodies. Attitudes and exposure to the media predicted men's (but not women's) perceptions of the ideal body held by the media, as well as both men's and women's ideal chest and waist. These findings suggest that the media has an impact on the ideal body size of both men and women.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007 Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007589

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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