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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This qualitative study explored the impact of the media, advertising, and popular culture on the self esteem and body image of adolescent girls. This study aimed to understand the amount and to what extent girls were potentially negatively impacted by a variety of media sources. Twelve adolescent girls, ages sixteen to eighteen, were asked a series of questions regarding their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in dealing with the ways the media influences and impacts their lives. Narrative interviews were used to understand the perspectives of the participants around topics of media, advertising, magazines, self esteem, body image, celebrity culture, and life pressures.


Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2008. iii, 70 p. Includes bibliographical references (p. 58-59)