Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
This capstone investigates the effects the media has on adolescents and teens view of their bodies. Essentially a person's body image is how they perceive their exterior to look, and in many cases this can be dramatically different to how they actually appear to others. Body image is often perceived as a narrow issue relevant only to teenage girls with eating disorders. However we all have a "body image" that is closely linked with our self-identity, self-esteem and mental health. For young people, links have been found between poor body image and high-risk behaviors related to disordered eating, smoking, drugs, alcohol and sexual behavior, as well as mental health concerns. This capstone explores this link and possible ways to help those who are affected by it.
Lira, Katrina, "The effects of the media on adolescents' and teens' body image" (2009). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 435.