Recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Master's Thesis Award - Second Place.
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Open Access Thesis
Body image; Women college students--Middle West--Attitudes; Women college students--Health and hygiene--Middle West; Recreation centers--Middle West--Psychological aspects;
The study aimed to investigate the influence that recreation center promotional messaging had on college females’ body perceptions. Body perceptions among young adult females have been linked to mental health (McKay, 2013; Miner-Rubino, Twenge, & Fredrickson, 2002). Female participants 18 to 25 years of age (N = 137, Mage = 20.41) from a mid-sized, Midwestern university completed two separate body perception questionnaires. These questionnaires assessed body appreciation (functionality) and body shame (objectification). Participants were divided into three groups and shown a collage of recreation center messages that were portraying one of three conditions (a) body functionality, (b) self-objectification, or (c) neutral images. Participants then completed post-collage surveys to capture acute responses in body perceptions based on the viewed collage. Results indicated that those who viewed the body functionality collage had a significant decrease in body shame scores from pre- to post- survey completion. These results support the importance of body functionality-focused messaging for young adult females, especially for university wellness and recreation centers looking to promote health and wellness services.
Year of Submission
Year of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Kinesiology
Kimberly Hurley, Chair, Thesis Committee
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©2020 Sydney Leigh Ann Cindrich
Cindrich, Sydney Leigh Ann, "Through their eyes: Exploring the relationship between college females' body perceptions and recreation center messaging" (2020). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1042.