Little girls in a grown up world: Exposure to sexualized media, internalization of sexualization messages, and body image in 6-9 year old girls

Amy Slater, Marika Tiggemann

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    Abstract

    Despite widespread public concern about the early sexualization of young girls, as yet there has been little empirical examination of potential negative effects. In the present study a sample of 300 6–9 year-old girls completed individual interviews assessing exposure to sexualized media, internalization of sexualized messages (measured via preference for sexualized clothing), and body image attitudes (body esteem, body dissatisfaction). Exposure to sexualized media was found to be correlated with internalization of sexualization messages, itself correlated with negative body image. The findings provide preliminary evidence that sexualized messages appear to be internalized by very young girls which, in turn, has negative implications for how they feel about their bodies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-22
    Number of pages4
    JournalBody Image
    Volume18
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

    Keywords

    • Body image
    • Girls
    • Internalization
    • Sexualization

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