The anti-Britney effect: music videos can diminish negative effects on body image

Snow, Danica M. (2014) The anti-Britney effect: music videos can diminish negative effects on body image. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Previous research has shown decreased body satisfaction scores in participants that viewed music videos depicting thin body images. It has also been shown that providing healthy body image education pieces subsequent to the video viewing reverts body image perceptions to baseline levels. This study examined the impact of music videos on female undergraduate body satisfaction and mood and a possible alternate route to stabilize body image levels. Undergraduate students (n=107; 89 females) watched two music videos which varied on the type of body image displayed. Video one was consistent for all conditions (i.e., thin body image) while the second video depicted either another thin body image (condition 1), an average body image (condition 2), or a non-sexualized average body image (condition 3). Participants then completed a questionnaire measuring current mood and body satisfaction levels and the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Attractiveness Questionnaire (SATAQ). Participants in condition 2 showed significantly higher scores on confidence, physical satisfaction, and body satisfaction than participants in the first and third condition regardless of SATAQ scores. This suggests that music videos portraying thin body images do negatively impact body satisfaction. However, music programs can counteract this negativity by broadcasting a video depicting an average body image immediately after the portrayal of a thin body image.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 8090
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references(pages 38-43).
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Date: 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Body image in women; Women college students--Psychology; Music videos--Psychological aspects; Women college students--Attitudes

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