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Connecting Social Norms and Social Networks: A Study of Unhealthy Weight Control Intentions and Internalization of the Thin-Ideal in China

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Social norms are one of the most important factors influencing women’s body image and weight-control behaviors. The norm of the “thin-ideal” leads to body image disturbance and unhealthy weight-control behaviors (UWCBs). This study examines the effects of normative messages taking feminist and psychoeducational approaches delivered through social networks in changing women’s internalization of the thin-ideal and unhealthy weight-control intentions (UWCIs) through an experiment conducted among female college students in China. Results of the experiment suggested that normative messages with a psychoeducational approach delivered through strong ties are more effective in decreasing women’s internalization of the thin-ideal than the same message delivered through weak ties. In contrast, normative messages with a feminist approach delivered through weak-ties are more effective in reducing women’s internalization of the thin-ideal and UWCIs than the same messages delivered through strong ties.

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Tang, Lu. and Chen, Chien-fei. "Connecting Social Norms and Social Networks: A Study of Unhealthy Weight Control Intentions and Internalization of the Thin-Ideal in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 22, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p405135_index.html>

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Tang, L. and Chen, C. , 2010-06-22 "Connecting Social Norms and Social Networks: A Study of Unhealthy Weight Control Intentions and Internalization of the Thin-Ideal in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p405135_index.html

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Social norms are one of the most important factors influencing women’s body image and weight-control behaviors. The norm of the “thin-ideal” leads to body image disturbance and unhealthy weight-control behaviors (UWCBs). This study examines the effects of normative messages taking feminist and psychoeducational approaches delivered through social networks in changing women’s internalization of the thin-ideal and unhealthy weight-control intentions (UWCIs) through an experiment conducted among female college students in China. Results of the experiment suggested that normative messages with a psychoeducational approach delivered through strong ties are more effective in decreasing women’s internalization of the thin-ideal than the same message delivered through weak ties. In contrast, normative messages with a feminist approach delivered through weak-ties are more effective in reducing women’s internalization of the thin-ideal and UWCIs than the same messages delivered through strong ties.


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