Media and Teenage Girls' Body Image Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Media and Teenage Girls' Body Image
A discussion of the negative impact of media advertisements on teenage girls' self image.
# 116258 | 2,770 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper analyzes the media's impact in pressuring teenage girls to possess the ideal, unrealistic, physical appearance. The paper discusses the physical, emotional and social effects these media images have upon girls and their feelings of self-worth. According to the writer, through an understanding of the true function of the media, teenage girls may better be able to both understand and translate the messages the media is sending.

Helping Teenage Girls to Understand the Messages

From the Paper:

"During the teenage years of girls both self-focus and awareness of others' evaluations of self are heightened. This concern with not only the internal perception, but also the external, creates additional pressure for the adolescent, further compounding the problem of self image. Body image has a major influence on adolescents' self-esteem, and both female and male adolescents place more importance on their appearance than adults, and adolescents also report higher levels of body dissatisfaction. (Dittmar et. al.) Image is a very important aspect of life, particularly to teenagers, and the media in no way helps to reinforce a positive body image or identity due to the unrealistic images put forth."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Dittmar, Helga; Lloyd, Barbara; Dugan, Shaun; Halliwell, Emma; Jacobs, Neil; Cramer, Helen. "The "Body Beautiful": English Adolescents' Images of Ideal Bodies." Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. May 2000. p.887.
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