Do Media Images Play a Role in Body Satisfaction and Body Image in Filipino-American Women?

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Winter 1-1-2020

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Filipino Americans are becoming one of the largest Asian groups in the U.S. however, they are underrepresented in empirical research. The aim of this qualitative study, guided by Fredrickson and Roberts’ (1997) objectification theory, was to determine if Philippine-born Filipino women would report a stronger sense of self as they grew up as the majority culture. Sixteen women, 8 American-born and 8 Philippine-born Filipino women participated and were presented with 5 collective statements from the Objectified Body Consciousness Scale (OBCC; McKinley & Hyde, 1996), Body–Esteem Scale for Adolescents and Adults (BESAA; Mendelson et al., 2001), and Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-3 (SATAQ-3; Heinberg, Stormer, & Thompson, 1995). The results yielded different themes related to the specific issues both American-born Filipino women faced growing up as well as Philippine-born Filipino women faced growing up and after immigrating to the U.S.

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