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Paradox of Success

Title: The Paradox of Success: Does Exposure to Successful Career Women Negatively Affect Body Satisfaction?.
Name(s): Smith, April Rose, author
Joiner, Thomas E., Jr., professor directing thesis
Taylor, Jeanette, committee member
Maner, Jon, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current study examined whether intrasexual competition for career success may contribute to body dissatisfaction and worse eating attitudes among achievement oriented college-aged women. In order to examine this aim participants viewed pictures of other women who varied in terms of weight and career success. Compared to participants low on status aspiration, participants high on status aspiration reported greater body dissatisfaction and ineffectiveness after being exposed to the thin, successful targets. However, status aspiring participants did not report greater drive for thinness, maturity fears, or bulimic symptoms. Hypotheses regarding the impact of weight status and success on perceptions of target career accomplishment and body size were supported. Specifically, thin, successful targets were rated as more accomplished in their careers than overweight, successful targets. Participants also judged successful, overweight targets to be thinner than unsuccessful, overweight targets. It is hoped that these findings will shed light on ways career women can pursue success without jeopardizing their health.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0360 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: May 19, 2008.
Keywords: Career, Evolutionary Theory, Intrasexual Competition, Achievement Motivation, Status Aspiration, Body Satisfaction, Eating Disorders
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Thomas E. Joiner, Jr., Professor Directing Thesis; Jeanette Taylor, Committee Member; Jon Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Smith, A. R. (2008). The Paradox of Success: Does Exposure to Successful Career Women Negatively Affect Body Satisfaction? Retrieved from