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Examining “fat talk” experimentally in a female dyad: How are women influenced by another woman's body presentation style?

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Doris Bazzini Ph.D., Professor, General Experimental Program Director (Creator)
Lisa Curtin Grizzard Ph.D., Professor, Associate Director of Research (Creator)
Denise Martz-Ludwig Ph.D., Professor, Graduate Programs Coordinator (Creator)
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Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Fat talk, the verbal dissatisfaction that women express about their bodies, was studied in a female dyad whereby participants interacted with a female confederate who either self-derogated, self-accepted, or self-aggrandized. A 2 (participant body esteem: high vs. low) ×3 (confederate style of body image presentation) design was used. Results revealed that participants’ public disclosure of their body image varied according to confederate's style. Consistent with a reciprocity effect, participants disclosed the lowest public body image ratings in the self-derogate condition, with moderate ratings in the self-accept condition, and highest ratings in the self-aggrandize condition. Moreover, participants with low compared to high body esteem stated lower public body image. Participants’ judgments of the confederates’ likeability did not vary as a function of the confederate's body presentational style. Findings support the recursive nature of the social psychology of body image such that personal body image dissatisfaction is partially influenced by fat talk social norms.

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Tucker, K. L., Martz, D. M., Curtin, L., & Bazzini, D. G. (2007). Examining “Fat Talk” experimentally in a female dyad: How are women influenced by another woman’s body presentation style? Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 4, 157 – 174. (ISSN: 1740-1445) Official version published by Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2006.12.005
Language: English
Date: 2007