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Hisp J Behav Sci. 2019 Aug;41(3):363-377. doi: 10.1177/0739986319860844. Epub 2019 Jul 3.

A Conceptual Framework Exploring Social Media, Eating Disorders, and Body Dissatisfaction Among Latina Adolescents.

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1
School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University, NY, USA.
2
School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this review is to propose a conceptual framework using objectification theory and intersectionality theory to examine social media's influence on body image and its effect on eating disorder predictors among Latina adolescents. To examine and explore how these effects from social media usage can result in mental health disparities that affect this group, emphasis was placed on how Latina ethnic identity mediates body image. Implications for clinicians and researchers include using strengths-based and culturally specific approaches as protective factors for Latina adolescents to strengthen ethnic identity.

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Latina adolescents; eating disorders; ethnic identity; intersectionality; social media

Conflict of interest statement

Declaration of Conflicting Interests The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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