The role of media exposure, peers, and family on body dissatisfaction amongst boys and girls in Singapore
Lwin, May O.
Date of Issue2012
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This study aims to examine how influences of media, peers, and family on body dissatisfaction differ between boys and girls in Singapore through a survey to 277 students aged 10 to 13. The hierarchical regression analyses reveal that two media exposure variables, watching television/VCDs/DVDs/music videos and engagement with online social media, were significantly related to girls’ body dissatisfaction. None of the traditional or new media exposure variables influenced boys’ body dissatisfaction. Instead, boys’ body dissatisfaction was found to be influenced by family member’s criticism of weight. Peers’ perception of weight influenced body dissatisfaction in both gender, although the effect was stronger among girls. Our findings revealed gender differences in the antecedents of body dissatisfaction among children in Singapore, specifically exposure to television/VCDs/DVDs/music videos, family’s criticisms of weight, and peers’ perception of weight. Educators and health authorities should take these differences into account when designing media and school health education programs.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media
Journal of children and media
© 2012 Taylor & Francis. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Children and Media, Taylor & Francis. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2011.633406].