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Body size stereotyping and internalization of the thin ideal in preschool-age girls

Harriger, Jennifer A., Calogero, Rachel M., Witherington, David C., Smith, Jane Ellen (2010) Body size stereotyping and internalization of the thin ideal in preschool-age girls. Sex Roles, 63 (9/10). pp. 609-620. ISSN 0360-0025. (doi:10.1007/s11199-010-9868-1) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Despite the multitude of negative outcomes associated with thin-ideal internalization for girls and women living in westernized societies, we know very little about how early in development thin-ideal internalization occurs or how it might manifest in very young children. This cross-sectional investigation assessed body size stereotyping and thin-ideal internalization in 55 preschool girls (ages 3-5 years) from the Southwestern U. S. using a new method of assessment that is more sensitive to the cognitive developmental stage of this age group. Results suggest that girls as young as 3 years old are already emotionally invested in the thin ideal. Discussion considers moving beyond the demonstration of fat stigmatization per se to measure how personally invested preschool children may be in beauty ideals.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11199-010-9868-1
Uncontrolled keywords: Anti-fat beliefs; Body image; Body size stereotypes; Preschool children; Thin-ideal internalization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: R. Calogero
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 15:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33413 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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