Thin-Ideal Internalization: Mounting Evidence for a New Risk Factor for Body-Image Disturbance and Eating Pathology

  title={Thin-Ideal Internalization: Mounting Evidence for a New Risk Factor for Body-Image Disturbance and Eating Pathology},
  author={J. Kevin Thompson and Eric Stice},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={181 - 183}
  • J. Thompson, E. Stice
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Body-image disturbance and eating disorders are a significant physical and mental health problem in Western countries. We describe emerging work on one newly identified variable that appears to be a potent risk factor for the development of these problems internalization of societal standards of attractiveness. Work conducted independently in our labs over the past decade has included scale development, correlational studies, prospective risk-factor studies, randomized experiments, and… 

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