Body Size Stereotyping and Internalization of the Thin Ideal in Preschool Girls

  title={Body Size Stereotyping and Internalization of the Thin Ideal in Preschool Girls},
  author={Jennifer A. Harriger and Rachel M. Calogero and David. C. Witherington and Jane Ellen Smith},
Despite the multitude of negative outcomes associated with thin-ideal internalization for girls and women living in westernized societies, we know very little about how early in development thin-ideal internalization occurs or how it might manifest in very young children. This cross-sectional investigation assessed body size stereotyping and thin-ideal internalization in 55 preschool girls (ages 3–5 years) from the Southwestern U.S. using a new method of assessment that is more sensitive to the… CONTINUE READING


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 21 extracted citations


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 102 references

Thin is good, fat is bad: How early does it begin

  • P. Cramer, T. Steinwert
  • Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology,
  • 1998
Highly Influential
15 Excerpts

Beyond thinness: The influence of a curvaceous body ideal on body dissatisfaction in Black and White women

  • N. M. Overstreet, D. M. Quinn, V. B. Agovha
  • Sex Roles,
  • 2010
Highly Influential
4 Excerpts

The impact of Western beauty ideals on the lives of women and men: A sociocultural perspective

  • R. M. Calogero, M. Boroughs, J. K. Thompson
  • 2007
Highly Influential
6 Excerpts

Television viewers’ ideal body proportions: The case of the curvaceously thin woman

  • K. Harrison
  • Sex Roles, 48, 255–264. doi:10.1023/A…
  • 2003
Highly Influential
4 Excerpts

Exacting beauty: Theory, assessment, and treatment of body image disturbance

  • J. K. Thompson, L. J. Heinberg, M. Altabe, S. Tantleff-Dunn
  • 1999
Highly Influential
9 Excerpts

Developmental changes in children’s body images

  • R. M. Gardner, R. Sorter, B. N. Friedman
  • Journal of Social Behavior and Personality,
  • 1997
Highly Influential
4 Excerpts

The identification of body build stereotypes in young children

  • J. A. Brylinsky, J. C. Moore
  • Journal of Research in Personality,
  • 1994
Highly Influential
4 Excerpts

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…