Does Appearance Matter? A Qualitative Analysis Exploring Influences of Media, Family and Peers on Body Image.

Student, A. (2017) Does Appearance Matter? A Qualitative Analysis Exploring Influences of Media, Family and Peers on Body Image. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Objective: Body image dissatisfaction is intensifying and individuals are being encouraged to highlight their imperfections, rather than embrace their uniqueness. The present study conducted a qualitative investigation of negative and positive pressures influencing females to engage in self-criticism or self-love. Method: Twenty-four female participants, ranging in ages from 18 to 58 (M = 24.5, SD = 9.9) completed a battery of questionnaires to determine initial body image concern and subsequently partook in a semi-structured interview to delve into the complexities of individual experience. An average split was conducted on questionnaire data to group participants into high or low concern groups. Subsequently, a comparative discourse analysis was employed to extract commonalities between groups. Results: Similarities and differences in the groups were divided into six discourses: (1) Discourse of Body Shape; (2) Discourse of Insecurity; (3) Discourse of Media Exposure; (4) Discourse of Acceptance; (5) Discourse of Comparison; (6) Discourse of Family. Conclusions: Negative body image is most prevalent in female populations, with the current research displaying a significant difference in the internalisation of influential factors. Appearance concerns are evidently at the forefront of societal interactions and future research should further investigate such interactions.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:31
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:31
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2900

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