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Roger J. R. Levesque

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320442.001.0001

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Adolescents’ Body Images and the Media

Adolescents’ Body Images and the Media

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Adolescents, Media, and the Law

Roger J.R. Levesque

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines research on the media's impact on adolescents' weight and shape images. It shows that researchers often center on the media's pervasive and largely unattainable standards of weight and beauty in the forms of muscularity and thinness. The argument made by researchers is that those standards tend to complicate and negatively influence adolescents' task of developing and maintaining a positive body image, especially for girls but increasingly for boys. This leads researchers to focus on the internalization of media ideals and on how internalization works during the adolescent period. That focus, however, also means an effort to determine the extent to which adolescents have access to and use media, and the ways by which society can modify the media's negative impact on adolescent development.

Keywords:   adolescent development, teenagers, weight, body image, internalization

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