Using EMA to assess the relationship between fat talk and women’s body image experiences

Mills, Jacqueline and Ling, Matthew 2018, Using EMA to assess the relationship between fat talk and women’s body image experiences, SAGE Research Methods, vol. Cases in Psychology, no. Part 2, doi: 10.4135/9781526447364.

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Title Using EMA to assess the relationship between fat talk and women’s body image experiences
Author(s) Mills, Jacqueline
Ling, MatthewORCID iD for Ling, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-0940-2538
Journal name SAGE Research Methods
Volume number Cases in Psychology
Issue number Part 2
Total pages 12
Publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2018
Keyword(s) body image
bulimia nervosa
Summary Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) is a useful methodological tool for the examination of episodic and state-like phenomena. This case reports on the application of EMA to examine the effects of the social phenomenon known as "fat talk" on body image disturbance. There is a distinct lack of ecologically valid studies in this research area, limiting our understanding of how frequently fat talk occurs within everyday social interactions and the virtually immediate impacts fat talk can have on how women perceive and feel about their appearance. To address this gap, an EMA study was conducted, using a smartphone application to repeatedly sample participants at six random time points throughout the day for 7 days. This case study will introduce the reader to the area of body image, before explaining the distinction between the trait and state perspectives in the literature. An overview of EMA as a methodological tool and how this particular EMA study on fat talk and body image was implemented from design to analysis will then be provided. There is a particular focus on the difficulties experienced regarding recruitment and the strategies employed to overcome these. Methodological lessons learnt and suggestions for future EMA studies are also discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.4135/9781526447364
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, SAGE Publications
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