Event Title

Body Image and Perception

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

16-4-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

16-4-2013 4:00 PM

Student's Major

Psychology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Kathy Bertsch

Mentor's Department

Psychology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Negative self-image and low self-esteem are connected to body dissatisfaction and are significant predictors of the self-esteem and self-image in adolescence (Anderson & Kemp, 2012). This research examines the relationship between social situations and body-esteem. Subjects are surveyed to determine their body esteem and degree of body comparison in social situations. Subjects are randomly assigned to 1 of 2 conditions: positive social feedback or control. The degree to which positive social feedback influences body self-esteem is measured through body self-esteem ratings after the treatment/control conditions. This research will answer whether participants who receive the positive feedback treatment will have better body esteem than the control condition. It is also relevant with this study to answer how college students typically perceive themselves and how they perceive themselves compared to others. We will also answer questions specific to social aspects of body esteem such as discovering what social situations influence negative self-comparison or negative self-perception, if body esteem is significantly higher for high comparison groups compared to the control group and if high self comparison groups are more at risk for eating disorders, anxiety and depression. The current study aims to better understand how body self-image is dependent on the context in which it is viewed. With better understanding of body distortion, further prevention and treatment can be applied to individuals with eating disorders.

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Body Image and Perception

CSU Ballroom

Negative self-image and low self-esteem are connected to body dissatisfaction and are significant predictors of the self-esteem and self-image in adolescence (Anderson & Kemp, 2012). This research examines the relationship between social situations and body-esteem. Subjects are surveyed to determine their body esteem and degree of body comparison in social situations. Subjects are randomly assigned to 1 of 2 conditions: positive social feedback or control. The degree to which positive social feedback influences body self-esteem is measured through body self-esteem ratings after the treatment/control conditions. This research will answer whether participants who receive the positive feedback treatment will have better body esteem than the control condition. It is also relevant with this study to answer how college students typically perceive themselves and how they perceive themselves compared to others. We will also answer questions specific to social aspects of body esteem such as discovering what social situations influence negative self-comparison or negative self-perception, if body esteem is significantly higher for high comparison groups compared to the control group and if high self comparison groups are more at risk for eating disorders, anxiety and depression. The current study aims to better understand how body self-image is dependent on the context in which it is viewed. With better understanding of body distortion, further prevention and treatment can be applied to individuals with eating disorders.

Recommended Citation

Dittel, Heather. "Body Image and Perception." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 16, 2013.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2013/poster-session-B/51