Internalization of the Ultra-Thin Ideal: Positive Implicit Associations with Underweight Fashion Models are Associated with Drive for Thinness in Young Women

@article{Ahern2008InternalizationOT,
  title={Internalization of the Ultra-Thin Ideal: Positive Implicit Associations with Underweight Fashion Models are Associated with Drive for Thinness in Young Women},
  author={Amy L Ahern and Kate Mary Bennett and Marion M. Hetherington},
  journal={Eating Disorders},
  year={2008},
  volume={16},
  pages={294 - 307}
}
This study examined whether young women who make implicit associations between underweight models and positive attributes report elevated eating disorder symptoms. Ninety nine female undergraduates completed a weight based implicit association test (IAT) and self report measures of body dissatisfaction, thin-ideal internalization and eating disorder symptoms. IAT scores were associated with drive for thinness (r  =  −0.26, p < 0.05). This relationship was moderated by attitude importance. The… Expand
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