The effect of objectifying media images on eating pathology: an experimental study comparing Australian and Asian females

Charmain TAN, Wai Lan, Vicki YEUNG, Tara DE PAOLI, Stephen LOUGHNAN, Isabel KRUG

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Abstract

Introduction: The onset of eating pathology has commonly been attributed to media influences. However, most of these studies have not included an experimental design and have mainly concentrated on Caucasian samples, with limited research on non-Western populations. Objective: To assess whether exposure to either objectifying female media images or neutral images (e.g. chairs) had an impact on eating pathology and self-objectification and whether this effect was different for Australian and Asian females. Method: A total sample of 301 female participants [Caucasian Australians (n=97); Asians grown up in Australia (n=70), Asians currently residing in Australia (n=60) and Chinese living in Hong Kong (n=74)] were exposed to a slideshow of either objectifying women (n=147) or neutral (n=154) images. Variables associated with the objectification framework and eating pathology were assessed through self-report. Results: State self-objectification was higher in individuals who were exposed to the objectifying media images, regardless of ethnicity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstracts of the 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry
Pages296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2015
EventThe 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry : Excellence in Psychiatry across Europe : Practice, Education Research - European Psychatric Association, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 29 Mar 201529 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameEuropean Psychiatry
NumberSupplement 1
Volume30
ISSN (Print)0924-9338

Conference

ConferenceThe 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry : Excellence in Psychiatry across Europe : Practice, Education Research
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period29/03/1529/03/15

Bibliographical note

Published in Abstracts of the 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry, a special issue of European Psychiatry, 30(Supp 1), 296. doi: 10.1016/S0924-9338(15)30238-8

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    TAN, C., YEUNG, W. L. V., DE PAOLI, T., LOUGHNAN, S., & KRUG, I. (2015). The effect of objectifying media images on eating pathology: an experimental study comparing Australian and Asian females. In Abstracts of the 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry (pp. 296). (European Psychiatry; Vol. 30, No. Supplement 1). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0924-9338(15)30238-8