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Appearance-Related Comparisons Mediate the Relationship between Instagram Use and Body Image Concerns

Title: Appearance-Related Comparisons Mediate the Relationship between Instagram Use and Body Image Concerns.
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Name(s): Hendrickse, Joshua Agate, author
Arpan, Laura M., professor directing thesis
Raney, Arthur A, committee member
Clayton, Russell B., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Communication and Information, degree granting college
School of Communication, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (36 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between Instagram use and body image concerns among female university students and to test whether appearance-related comparisons on Instagram mediated this relationship. A direct relationship between Instagram use and body image concerns was not found, but appearance-related comparisons on Instagram mediated the relationship. The results suggest that Instagram negatively affects the body image of users who engage in appearance-related comparisons. Another purpose of this study was to determine the role of intrasexual competitiveness for mates and to test whether individual differences in competitiveness influenced individual tendencies to engage in appearance-related comparisons on Instagram. Results showed a significant positive relationship between intrasexual competitiveness for mates and appearance-related comparisons on Instagram. Furthermore, appearance-related comparisons mediated the relationship between Instagram use and drive for thinness. Future studies should consider exploring the relationship between intrasexual competitiveness for mates, social media use, and body image concerns using experimental designs.
Identifier: FSU_FA2016_Hendrickse_fsu_0071N_13460 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the School of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: July 27, 2016.
Keywords: Body Image, Body Image Concerns, Instagram, Media Effects, Social Comparisons, Social Media
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Laura M. Arpan, Professor Directing Thesis; Arthur A. Raney, Committee Member; Russell B. Clayton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
Mental health
Social psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_FA2016_Hendrickse_fsu_0071N_13460
Owner Institution: FSU

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Hendrickse, J. A. (2016). Appearance-Related Comparisons Mediate the Relationship between Instagram Use and Body Image Concerns. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_FA2016_Hendrickse_fsu_0071N_13460