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The Predictability of Thin-Ideal Internalization for Body Image and Implicit Attitudes
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by Jennifer L. Clavin and Royce G. Simpson, Spring Hill College - Spring Hill College
Thirty-four college students participated in this study which sought to suggest that a correlation exists between thin-ideal internalization, level of body satisfaction, and degree of automatic stereotyping (implicit attitudes). Specifically, we hypothesized that students who exhibit greater thin-ideal internalization will have a lower body image and exhibit an automatic preference for thin-people that those who exhibit minimal thin-ideal internalization. We also hypothesized that women would exhibit greater thin-ideal internalization, greater body dissatisfaction, and stronger automatic preferences for thin people than men. In support of our first hypothesis, the results indicate a significant positive correlation between media influence and body image. However, the implicit attitudes scale did not correlate significantly with any other variables and no gender differences were found.