Early adolescents' experiences with, and views of, Barbie.

  title={Early adolescents' experiences with, and views of, Barbie.},
  author={Tara L. Kuther and Erin McDonald},
  volume={39 153},
There has been a great deal of debate over the influence of Barbie dolls on girls' developing self-concept and body image. Two qualitative studies were conducted to gather information about early adolescents' experiences with, and perspectives on, the controversial toy. In Study 1, focus groups with twenty 6th-grade girls suggested that they have ambiguous feelings toward the doll and the feminine sexualized image it represents. Study 2 gathered essay responses from fifty 7th- and 8th-grade… CONTINUE READING

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