The effects of the ideal of female beauty on mood and body satisfaction
Article first published online: 8 FEB 1999
Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 223–226, March 1999
How to Cite
Pinhas, L., Toner, B. B., Ali, A., Garfinkel, P. E. and Stuckless, N. (1999), The effects of the ideal of female beauty on mood and body satisfaction. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 25: 223–226. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199903)25:2<223::AID-EAT12>3.0.CO;2-B
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 1999
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 1999
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 FEB 1998
- body satisfaction;
The present study examined changes in women's mood states resulting from their viewing pictures in fashion magazines of models who represent a thin ideal.
Female university students completed the Profile of Mood States (POMS), the Body Parts Satisfaction Scale (BPSS), and the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI). They were then exposed to 20 slides; the experimental group (N = 51) viewed images of female fashion models and a control group (N = 67) viewed slides containing no human figures. All subjects then completed the POMS and the BPSS again.
Women were more depressed (R2 = 0.745, p <.05) and more angry (R2 = 0.73, p <.01) following exposure to slides of female fashion models.
Viewing images of female fashion models had an immediate negative effect on women's mood. This study, therefore, supports the hypothesis that media images do play a role in disordered eating. © 1999 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 25: 223–226, 1999.