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Thinking About Being Thin

Title: Thinking About Being Thin: Need for Cognition Predicts Internalization of the Thin Ideal.
Name(s): Fink, Erin L., author
Joiner, Thomas E., professor directing thesis
Plant, E. Ashby, committee member
Carbonell, Joyce, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Eating disorders are particularly intractable psychological disorders that are proposed to result from a combination of genetic and sociocultural factors. Within the sociocultural model, internalization of the thin-ideal that is promoted by media sources has been found to exhibit a significant relationship with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors. However, there is a dearth of research on the mechanisms responsible for thin-ideal internalization in individuals. The present paper explored the hypothesis that individual differences in need for cognition may predict internalization of the thin-ideal, and that this relationship may be more pronounced for those individuals who are exposed to media messages more frequently. A series of linear regressions was used to explore the above hypotheses. The first hypothesis was supported, as need for cognition significantly predicted thin-ideal internalization, such that higher scores on need for cognition predicted lower internalization and vice versa. However, the second hypothesis was not supported, as media exposure did not serve as a moderator of the above relationship. Implications of the observed main effect are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4455 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Clinical Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: January 7, 2010.
Keywords: Need for Cognition, Internalization, Eating Disorders
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Thomas E. Joiner, Professor Directing Thesis; E. Ashby Plant, Committee Member; Joyce Carbonell, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Host Institution: FSU

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Fink, E. L. (2010). Thinking About Being Thin: Need for Cognition Predicts Internalization of the Thin Ideal. Retrieved from