Todd G. Morrison, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan; Emer E. Sheahan, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway.
GENDER-RELATED DISCOURSES AS MEDIATORS IN THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN INTERNALIZATION OF THE THIN-BODY IDEAL AND INDICANTS OF BODY DISSATISFACTION AND DISORDERED EATING
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2009
© 2009 Division 35, American Psychological Association
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 374–383, December 2009
How to Cite
Morrison, T. G. and Sheahan, E. E. (2009), GENDER-RELATED DISCOURSES AS MEDIATORS IN THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN INTERNALIZATION OF THE THIN-BODY IDEAL AND INDICANTS OF BODY DISSATISFACTION AND DISORDERED EATING. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33: 374–383. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2009.01515.x
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2009
- Initial submission: September 1, 2008Initial acceptance: June 14, 2009Final acceptance: July 6, 2009
This study examined whether the gender-related discourses of self-objectification, self-silencing, and anger suppression mediated the association between internalization of the thin-body ideal and body dissatisfaction and eating pathology. We employed a cross-sectional design to study both university (n = 140) and community (n = 76) samples of women from Ireland ranging from 17 to 30 years of age (M = 21.48, SD = 3.05). Structural equation modeling was used to test for mediation, with the final model suggesting that gender-related discourses (silencing the self/anger suppression and body surveillance) mediated the association between thin-body ideal internalization and attitudes and behaviors characteristic of disordered eating. Limitations of the current study and directions for future research are highlighted.