Date Approved

5-2-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Epifanio, Frank

Subject(s)

Body image in adolescence; Middle school students

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

This study was conducted to investigate the body images of Middle School aged students. A population of 62 students (37 males, 25 females) was given a survey that questioned their level of body image, their practice of weight-control behaviors, and the various potential influences on these areas. The results showed that this particular population had a higher level of body image than previous studies indicate. It also showed that students at this age are engaging in weight-control behaviors. The major influences on body image and weight-control behaviors were found to be peers and the media. This research, along with previous studies, implicates the need for prevention and intervention programs at this age level.

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