The Media's Effect on Women's Body Image Satisfaction
DenBraven, Rebecca L.
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This study employed a repeated measures t-test to evaluate the effect of exposure to media images of models on women's body image satisfaction. Forty college women participated in the study. Their body image satisfaction was measured in a two-part survey with the first part given before viewing the media images and the second part given immediately after viewing the media images. No significant change in body satisfaction for the study participants was found before and after viewing the media image. These findings failed to support the idea that exposure to idealized media images impacts women's body satisfaction in a negative way. Limitations of the study are discussed.