Exposure to Attractive Individuals and Effects on Self-esteem

Maria (Gema) Rader

Abstract


Our study focused on discovering whether individuals who were exposed to images of highly attractive models and celebrities would have a lower level of self-esteem than others who were not exposed. To determine this, we had two conditions; one group was exposed to a PowerPoint presentation containing images of highly attractive models and celebrities, and then given a two-part questionnaire to measure trait self-esteem and state self-esteem. In the control condition participants were also given the two-part questionnaire but were not exposed to the PowerPoint presentation. After evaluating the scores of both groups we determined there was no significant difference between the two groups. However, further research should be conducted on the subject due to the growing presence of body image ideals in the media.


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