We examined the relationship between media exposure, eating disorder symptomatology and body image with attention given to participants' locus of control. The sample consisted of 41 undergraduate women attending a private Midwestern college. Participants were randomly assigned to view either pictures of average of ideal female silhouettes and complete a survey with questions measuring locus of control, body image and eating disorder symptomatology. Participants with a more positive body image had fewer eating disorder symptoms and an internal locus of control. Those with a more negative body image had more eating disorder symptoms and an external locus of control. Individuals with an external locus of control we.re more likely to express eating disorder symptoms than those with an internal locus of control. We did not find a significant correlation between media exposure and body image or eating disorder: symptoms.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Sweeney, Colleen and Rericha, Karynn
"The Relationship Between Media Exposure and Locus of Control on Eating Disorder Symptomatology and Body Image in Women,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 27.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/27