"I Will be Thin at All Costs; Nothing Else Matters:" A Research Proposal Examining the Effects of Viewing Pro-Anorexia Websites

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dc.contributor.advisor Liu, Xiaodong en_US
dc.contributor.author Beliveau, Leanne
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-01T16:38:23Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-01T16:38:23Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/24532
dc.description.abstract “Pro-Anorexia” refers to the endorsement of anorexia nervosa; advocated as a lifestyle choice and not a disease, proponents create or visit websites that act as a resource for anorexic individuals who wish to decrease caloric intake, purge, conceal symptoms, be inspired by photo galleries and quotes, etc. The purpose of the proposed study is to assess the effects of viewing pro-anorexia websites on participant’s self-esteem, body image, weight perception, and perceived attractiveness. A content analysis of ten existing pro-anorexia websites was conducted in order to determine the most common components of these websites. Using that information a prototypical pro-anorexia website was created by the author, as was a control website on the topic of interior design. The study aims to compare the affect, self-esteem, perceived weight and perceived attractiveness of those who view the pro-anorexia website to those who view the control website; the ultimate goal of this proposed study is to examine whether viewing pro-anorexia websites is detrimental in any of those four measures. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brandeis University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Leanne Beliveau 2013 en_US
dc.subject Pro-Anorexia en_US
dc.subject Pro-Ana en_US
dc.subject Eating Disorders en_US
dc.subject Anorexia Nervosa en_US
dc.title "I Will be Thin at All Costs; Nothing Else Matters:" A Research Proposal Examining the Effects of Viewing Pro-Anorexia Websites en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US


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