Associations between having a boyfriend and the body satisfaction and self-esteem of college women: an extension of the Lin and Kulik hypothesis.

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NEARLY UNIVERSAL BODY DISSATISFACTION among young Western women has often been attributed, at least in part, to the ubiquitous portrayals of extremely thin models in Western media (e.g., Gordon, 2000; Thompson & Heinberg, 1999). Lin and Kulik (2002) suggested that young women with boyfriends might be less likely to unfavorably compare themselves with these… (More)

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