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Abstract

Research shows that media plays a dominant role in influencing teenage females' perception of the world around them, as well as helping them to define their sense of self. This paper examines the influence that media has on the adolescent females' feelings towards their sexuality and self-esteem with their perception of a thin body image as emphasized in six of the most popular magazines that teenage girls read: CosmoGirl, Elle, Glamour, Seventeen, Teen People, and Teen Vogue. The study examined magazine advertisements, feature articles, and photographs of other teens in influencing what body types are acceptable, attractive, and popular. Advertisements, articles, and photographs were analyzed in six issues of each magazine for six consecutive months. The results showed that a thin body image is emphasized in all magazines, but Glamour has taken a small step in promoting all shapes and sizes of models and healthy food advertisements. This may be a trend for future magazines and for future research.

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Department

Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Yolanda Hood

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Date Original

8-2008

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1 PDF file (iv, 93 pages)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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