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Adolescence. 1997 Fall;32(127):603-14.

The influence of fashion magazines on the body image satisfaction of college women: an exploratory analysis.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075, USA.

Abstract

This study examined the impact of exposure to fashion magazines on women's body image satisfaction. Participants were 39 undergraduate women, randomly assigned to two experimental conditions: half viewed fashion magazines prior to completing a body image satisfaction survey, and the remaining half, news magazines. Mean height and weight did not differ for the two groups. As hypothesized, women who viewed fashion magazines preferred to weigh less, were less satisfied with their bodies, were more frustrated about their weight, were more preoccupied with the desire to be thin, and were more afraid of getting fat than were their peers who viewed news magazines.

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