The Effect of Media on Body Image in Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Body Image, Media, Pregnancy, Postpartum
Much research has found that exposure to certain types of media portrayals of women can be related to body image concerns among women. The current paper focuses on the impact of certain messages on pregnant and postpartum women. These women are rarely examined in a media research context but are particularly vulnerable to body image concerns. This experimental study involved 192 pregnant or postpartum women who read a magazine containing glamorized media portrayals of pregnant/postpartum women or a control magazine. Pregnant women reported lower body image after only five minutes of exposure to the magazine with pregnant/postpartum women compared to the control group. There was no immediate effect on postpartum women. Implications for the media industry, health professionals, and women are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Coyne, S. M., Liechty, T., *Collier, K. M., *Sharp, A. D., *Davis, E. J., *Kroff, S. (2018). The effect of media on body image in pregnant and postpartum women. Health Communication, 33, 793-799.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Coyne, Sarah; Liechty, Toni; Collier, Kevin M.; Sharp, Aubrey D.; Davis, Emilie J.; and Kroff, Savannah L., "The Effect of Media on Body Image in Pregnant and Postpartum Women" (2017). Faculty Publications. 2305.
Journal of Health Communication
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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