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EASING THE TEASING: THE EFFECTS OF APPEARANCE-RELATED FEEDBACK ON BODY IMAGE DISTURBANCE, EATING PATHOLOGY, BODY CHANGE BEHAVIORS, AND SELF-OBJECTIFICATION

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Date Issued:
2010
Abstract/Description:
Appearance-related commentary can be positive or negative. Such commentary has been shown to negatively affect the mental health and well-being of women in a well-documented body of research. There is limited research on this topic pertaining to males. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of appearance-related commentary in men. Results indicate that men who receive more negative commentary are more likely to experience eating pathology, body dissatisfaction, distress from commentary, and participate in compulsive exercising and appearance-change behaviors. However, men that receive positive commentary are likely to experience more positive outcomes, reporting less dissatisfaction and pathology but more appearance-change behaviors. It appears that men are affected by negative, appearance-related commentary in the same ways that women are, but that they experience positive commentary in a more direct and appropriate manner. Additionally, self-objectification, a covariate found to interact in similar relations with women, was not found to account for any of the variance between appearance-related feedback and outcomes.
Title: EASING THE TEASING: THE EFFECTS OF APPEARANCE-RELATED FEEDBACK ON BODY IMAGE DISTURBANCE, EATING PATHOLOGY, BODY CHANGE BEHAVIORS, AND SELF-OBJECTIFICATION.
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Name(s): Schuster, Elizabeth, Author
Negy, Charles, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Appearance-related commentary can be positive or negative. Such commentary has been shown to negatively affect the mental health and well-being of women in a well-documented body of research. There is limited research on this topic pertaining to males. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of appearance-related commentary in men. Results indicate that men who receive more negative commentary are more likely to experience eating pathology, body dissatisfaction, distress from commentary, and participate in compulsive exercising and appearance-change behaviors. However, men that receive positive commentary are likely to experience more positive outcomes, reporting less dissatisfaction and pathology but more appearance-change behaviors. It appears that men are affected by negative, appearance-related commentary in the same ways that women are, but that they experience positive commentary in a more direct and appropriate manner. Additionally, self-objectification, a covariate found to interact in similar relations with women, was not found to account for any of the variance between appearance-related feedback and outcomes.
Identifier: CFE0003498 (IID), ucf:48982 (fedora)
Note(s): 2010-12-01
M.S.
Sciences, Department of Psychology
Masters
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Subject(s): appearance commentary
teasing
body image
eating disorders
men
objectification
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003498
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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