"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
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.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Leanne Beliveau 2013
dc.subject Pro-Anorexia
dc.subject Pro-Ana
dc.subject Eating Disorders
dc.subject Anorexia Nervosa
dc.title "I Will be Thin at All Costs; Nothing Else Matters:" A Research Proposal Examining the Effects of Viewing Pro-Anorexia Websites
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Psychology
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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