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A Study Into Ethnic Origin And Ideal Body Shape.

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A Study Into Ethnic Origin And Ideal Body Shape ? ? ? ? Contents * Abstract * Introduction * Method * Results * Discussion * References * Appendices Abstract A study into ethnic origin and ideal body shape. Aim > To determine if ethnic origin has an affect on a person's ideal preferred body shape. Hypothesis > I predict that ethnic origin will have no significant affect on preferred ideal body shape and any results showing that it does are coincidental and caused by chance factors Procedures > 24 females were asked to complete a questionnaire which asked they're age, gender, ethnic origin and what they're ideal body shape was out of four varying silhouettes shown to them. Findings > Females from the Black group chose a larger body shape than those originating from Western > Females from the group other chose an ideal body shape similar to that of female's origination from Western society. > Females from the Asian group chose a body shape thinner than that of females originating from a western society Implications of Findings > This study demonstrates how influential media images can be on a person's perception of the 'ideal body shape' and how these images may contribute to a sense of dissatisfaction of one's own body image. ...read more.


origin and they're preferred ideal body shape from a selection of four silhouettes of varying sizes, however we did not reveal to them the aim of the experiment. The questionnaire's used and images of the four silhouettes can be found in the appendices. The majority of the participants were approached in the colleges learning centre, canteen or in various classes. We attempted to control for variables such as age and gender, by only approaching female potential participants and tried to narrow them down so they were all from one age group. During the research we followed ethical guidelines and described on all the questionnaires were instruction to participants, which stated that all information provided is confidential; they have the right to withdraw at any time; they would be treated with respect and that they would be debriefed as to the aim of the research after the study had been concluded. 2 Results Summary Table Of Results Ethnic Origin Number of Participants % That Chose B.S.1 % That Chose B.S.2 % That Chose B.S.3 % That Chose B.S.4 Black 9 0 44 56 0 White 5 0 60 40 0 Asian 5 0 80 20 0 Other 5 0 60 40 0 Total number of participants used=26 B.S= Body Shape 3 Discussion Findings The alternative hypothesis in this study is supported, > Females from the Black ...read more.


> The researches hypotheses are mainly based around the behavioural model and doesn't take into account that body image may be affected by a biochemical imbalance (Keesey and Corbett 1983), a means in which a woman can remain children to avoid responsibility (Freud), negative self-evaluation (Fairburn et al 1999), family conflict (Minuchin et al 1978), pressure to succeed or struggling fro a sense of identity. Improvements could be made to the study by implementing a more efficient and unbiased sampling technique such as stratified sampling; increasing the sample size; take age into account when selecting participants. A suggestion for a follow up research would be to see if ideal body shape changed depending on the length of time that an immigrant originating from a country outside Western society has been living in the United Kingdom and therefore the length of time they have been exposed to Western ideals of attractiveness. 4 Conclusions > The results were very mixed and were probably a result of various confounding variables and therefore unreliable. > Ethnic origin probably does have an affect on ideal body shape but I think that it is directly associated with how traditional that particular person is and how much of an impact they're ethnic origin makes in they're lives. > Ethnic origin is not the only factor to affect a person's ideal body image. ...read more.

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