Looking good versus feeling good: An investigation of media frames of health advice and their effects on women's body-related self-perceptions

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Abstract

The present research had two goals: (1) to document how health advice is framed on the covers of women's health magazines, and (2) to investigate whether exposure to appearance frames (i.e., do something in order to look better) affected women's body-related self-perceptions compared to health frames (i.e., to do something in order to feel better). Study 1, a content analysis of 426 cover headlines on the five highest-circulating women's health magazines in the United States, revealed that appearance frames were just as prevalent as health frames. Study 2, an experiment conducted on 103 U. S. undergraduate women, showed that those assigned to appearance frames reported more body shame and appearance-related motivation to exercise than women assigned to health frames.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-63
Number of pages14
JournalSex Roles
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Self Concept
self-image
Emotions
Health
Women's Health
health
Shame
magazine
Motivation
shame
Exercise
content analysis
Research
experiment

Keywords

  • Body shame
  • Framing
  • Health advice
  • Health magazines
  • Self-objectification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies

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