Mixing Memory

The Media and Female Body Image

There’s a paper by Grabe, Ward, and Hyde in this month’s issue of Psychological Bulletin that presents a meta-analysis of 77 studies (correlational and experimental) on the relationship between the media’s presentation of (overly) thin women and women’s body image issues (from the shrink rap). The studies used a host of measures of body image, including measures of things like perceived body shape, anoretic cognition, body dissatisfaction, thin-ideal internalization, restrained eating, “bulimic symptomatology,” appearance self-esteem, etc. For the relationship between media presentations of thin women and these various constructs, the average effect sizes ranged from -.28 to -.39, indicating small to moderate relationships.

If you have a subscription, you can read the paper here. Unfortunately, I can’t find a free version of the paper anywhere, but if you really want to read it (remember, meta-analyses are boring as hell), send me an email.


  1. #1 Rohaan
    May 13, 2008

    Please email me a copy rohaan@mac.com

  2. #2 Michael Britt
    June 14, 2008


    Thanks for alerting people to this interesting piece of research. I’m going to be doing an episode for my podcast on body image. If you could send me a copy that would be great. Appreciate it.


  3. #3 mi amore pot,
    August 2, 2008

    this article helps me a lot in doing my reaction paper. nice..

  4. #4 Stephen
    April 28, 2009

    Could you please send me this paper to smgalleg@asu.edu. Im working on research related to body image. Thanks!

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