Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Unrealistic Expectations of Women in the Media

Class

Article

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Mehmet Soyer

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of my study is to look at how media portrays unrealistic expectations/perfectionism of the ideal body for women in the world today and if it could lead to mental illness. The theories that I am going to focus on are: how society has constructed the ideal body through media compared to the real healthy proportions a woman should be at in addition to looking at conflict theory and how there is a conflict between the media/ads with reality and the realistic reality women are facing currently. The methods that I am going to use are: multidimensional perfection scale by Hewitt and Flett which is composed of 45 questions. Each individual reads the question while self reflecting and rating themselves from 1 being disagree to 7 being agree. I am also going to use "Analysis of Covariance" (ANCOVA). My independent variable is the media with the co-variate as the number of hours spent watching TV. My dependent variable is increase of score on the multidimensional perfection/depression scale. My hypothesis states that the more TV consumption one has with the images of the perfect body increase the probability of transitioning into a state of mental illness. From the research that I will collect it will lead me to the findings and conclusion of this study.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-12-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 11:45 AM

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Unrealistic Expectations of Women in the Media

Room 154

The purpose of my study is to look at how media portrays unrealistic expectations/perfectionism of the ideal body for women in the world today and if it could lead to mental illness. The theories that I am going to focus on are: how society has constructed the ideal body through media compared to the real healthy proportions a woman should be at in addition to looking at conflict theory and how there is a conflict between the media/ads with reality and the realistic reality women are facing currently. The methods that I am going to use are: multidimensional perfection scale by Hewitt and Flett which is composed of 45 questions. Each individual reads the question while self reflecting and rating themselves from 1 being disagree to 7 being agree. I am also going to use "Analysis of Covariance" (ANCOVA). My independent variable is the media with the co-variate as the number of hours spent watching TV. My dependent variable is increase of score on the multidimensional perfection/depression scale. My hypothesis states that the more TV consumption one has with the images of the perfect body increase the probability of transitioning into a state of mental illness. From the research that I will collect it will lead me to the findings and conclusion of this study.