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Title: The relationship between body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, thin media-ideal internalization, and parasocial relationships in Thai female undergraduates
Authors: Shin-Tae Kim
Natasha Nararidh
Raweena Pawa
Advisors: Kullaya Pisitsungkagarn
Other author: Chulalongkorn University. Faculty of Psychology
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Subjects: College students -- Psychology
Body image -- Psychological aspects
Human body -- Psychological aspects
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chulalongkorn University
Abstract: The current paper investigates the relationship between body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, thin media-ideal internalization, and parasocial relationship (PSR). 115 participants fit the criteria of being an undergraduate female, age ranging from 18-22, with body mass index that does not exceed 22.9 kg/m2, and also has a parasocial relationship with a favorite thin female media figure that has a thin-ideal that they desire. Results of this study showed that self-esteem was negatively associated with body dissatisfaction (Hypothesis 1) and internalization of thin media-ideals was positively associated with body dissatisfaction (Hypothesis 2). However, PSR, in terms of communication (Hypothesis 3) and support (Hypothesis 4), was not negatively associated with body dissatisfaction. In addition, self-esteem, thin media-ideal internalization, PSR-communication, and PSR-support collectively predicted body dissatisfaction (partially supporting Hypothesis 5). Specifically, self-esteem and thin media-ideal internalization uniquely predicted body dissatisfaction. Therefore, this indicates that both interpersonal and intrapersonal factors contribute to body dissatisfaction. Results from this study can be used in improving strategies to reduce and prevent body dissatisfaction.
Description: A senior project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Chulalongkorn University, Academic year 2016 โครงงานทางจิตวิทยานี้เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของการศึกษาตามหลักสูตรปริญญาวิทยาศาสตรบัณฑิต สาขาวิชาจิตวิทยา คณะจิตวิทยา จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย ปีการศึกษา 2559
Type: Senior Project
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