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Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Philosophy
Due to high levels of body objectification within society, many individuals feel a strong need to "improve" their bodies. This mindset can lead individuals to speak negatively about their body, which is referred to as fat talk. This study examines the relationship between fat talk on one's own and their romantic partner's body esteem. Meaning, it is proposed that speaking negatively about one's body will impact not only their own body esteem, but also their romantic partner's body esteem. Data were collected from 112 participants (56 dyads). The results of the data supported both hypotheses, demonstrating that one's fat talk can indeed harm the body esteem of oneself and their romantic partner. In the final section of the thesis, result application, future research, and limitations of the study are discussed.
Sáez, Marissa J., "A Dyadic Analysis of Fat Talk and Body Esteem Amongst Romantic Couples" (2024). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Fall 2023 to Present. 105.
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