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The concept of physical attractiveness appears to be an important dynamic of human existence (Barocas & Vance, 1974; Berscheid & Walster, 1972; Corrigan, Dell, Lewis, & Schimidt, 1980; Pogrebin, 1983; Ponzo, 1985). In the United States, billions of dollars are spent each year for cosmetic aids to improve appearance and societal acceptance (Pogrebin, 1983). "We live in a society that spends millions more on looks than on education or social services, yet we are oblivious to the impact of these priorities on the economic and emotional texture of our lives" (Pogrebin, 1983). Ponzo (1985) stated that as a society we value physical attractiveness because to varying degrees we associate it with health, success, and survival. According to Cash (1983), "we still live in a world where physically attractive people are seen as more poised, more confident, brighter, and socially capable" (p. 53).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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