Sociocultural influence and appearance-based rejection sensitivity among college students.

Park, L.E. and DiRaddio, A.M. and Calogero, R.M. (2009) Sociocultural influence and appearance-based rejection sensitivity among college students. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33 (1). pp. 108-119. ISSN 0361-6843 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The present research examined the influence of parents, peers, and the media in predicting college students' Appearance-based Rejection Sensitivity (Appearance-RS)-the degree to which individuals anxiously expect to be rejected based on their physical appearance. Given that women are socialized to be more appearance-focused than men, women were hypothesized to show greater Appearance-RS in response to sociocultural influences than men. A survey was administered to 220 students at a large public university in the United States. Overall, women showed greater sensitivity to appearance rejection than men. Specifically, perceptions of peer conditional acceptance based on appearance were associated with Appearance-RS among women. In addition, the more women and men internalized media ideals and felt media pressure to look attractive, the more sensitive they were to appearance rejection. No significant effects of parental influence were found. Thus, peer conditional acceptance predicted Appearance-RS among women, and media influence predicted Appearance-RS among women and men.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Calogero
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 15:30
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2013 14:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15457 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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