Body Image and Self-Esteem Among Adolescent Girls: Testing the Influence of Sociocultural Factors

@article{Clay2005BodyIA,
  title={Body Image and Self-Esteem Among Adolescent Girls: Testing the Influence of Sociocultural Factors},
  author={D. Clay and V. Vignoles and H. Dittmar},
  journal={Journal of Research on Adolescence},
  year={2005},
  volume={15},
  pages={451-477}
}
In Western cultures, girls’ self-esteem declines substantially during middle adolescence, with changes in body image proposed as a possible explanation. Body image develops in the context of sociocultural factors, such as unrealistic media images of female beauty. In a study of 136 U.K. girls aged 11–16, experimental exposure to either ultra-thin or average-size magazine models lowered body satisfaction and, consequently, self-esteem. Selfesteem was also lower among older than among younger… Expand

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