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Media matters for boys too! The role of specific magazine types and television programs in the drive for thinness and muscularity in adolescent boys

Slater, Amy; Tiggemann, Marika

Authors

Amy Slater Amy.Slater@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

Marika Tiggemann



Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. This study examined the role of specific magazine types and television programs on drive for thinness and muscularity in adolescent boys. A sample of 182 adolescent boys with an average age of 15.2. years completed questionnaire measures of magazine and television consumption, drive for thinness and drive for muscularity. Different media genres showed varying relationships with drive for thinness and muscularity. Specifically, the consumption of men's magazines and the viewing of soap operas emerged as significant unique predictors of drive for thinness, with the consumption of men's magazines also offering unique prediction of drive for muscularity. A comprehensive approach that considers both type and genre of media is critical in increasing our understanding of the complex relationships between media exposure and disordered eating in adolescent boys.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2014
Journal Eating Behaviors
Print ISSN 1471-0153
Electronic ISSN 1873-7358
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 4
Pages 679-682
APA6 Citation Slater, A., & Tiggemann, M. (2014). Media matters for boys too! The role of specific magazine types and television programs in the drive for thinness and muscularity in adolescent boys. Eating Behaviors, 15(4), 679-682. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.10.002
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.10.002
Keywords media, social pressure, weight, muscularity, boys, drive for thinness, body image
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.10.002
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