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Title: The Influence of Socio-Cultural Factors On Body Image Satisfaction Among Singaporean College Women
Keywords: female body image, socio-cultrual factors, social constructionism, body image satisfaction
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2011
Citation: JIANG LAIMING (2011-07-20). The Influence of Socio-Cultural Factors On Body Image Satisfaction Among Singaporean College Women. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A growing body of research conducted in Western countries has indicated that three socio-cultural factors, i.e. media, peers and family play a crucial role in women?s body image dissatisfaction. However, only a very small number of the literatures have explored how women?s social interactions with these socio-cultural factors would influence their body image related perceptions and behaviors in Asian countries. Based on the results of 27 in-depth face to face interviews with college women in National University of Singapore, this study dedicates to understand how the media, peers and family work independently and together to influence Singaporean college women?s views and understandings of body image and related eating behaviors. This study provides some unexpected and interesting findings that have not been discussed or explored in previous research. The study found that Singaporean college women generally held positive views of their own bodies, showing a high level of body image satisfaction. Also, participants were found to have complex views relating to female body image due to different influences from media, peers and family. On one hand, participants placed health at high priority and refuse to use ultra-thinness as the standard of ideal female body image; while on the other hand, they aspired to attaining a thinner body because of the perceived social and cultural preference of thinness.
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