Graduation Year

2018

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Reader 1

Jennifer Groscup

Reader 2

Sharon Goto

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Abstract

Navigating body image in Asian American communities is often complicated by direct comments and criticism from family members about one’s own appearance or weight. The purpose of the proposed study is to investigate the impact of family body criticism on internalization of the thin-ideal and eating attitudes in Asian American women. Specifically, the proposed study aimed to provide evidence for a potential mediator, perfectionism, between family body criticism and eating attitudes and also family body criticism and thin-ideal internalization. Using a correlational design, an online self-report questionnaire measuring four variables will be given to a sample of Asian American college students. It is predicted that ratings of family body criticism will be positively correlated with internalization of the thin-ideal, and negatively correlated with positive eating attitudes. It is further predicted that perfectionism will mediate the relationship between family body criticism and thin-ideal internalization, such that family body criticism will be positively related to perfectionism and perfectionism will be positively related to internalization of the thin-ideal. Lastly, it is predicted that perfectionism will mediate the relationship between family body criticism and positive eating attitudes, such that family body criticism will be positively related to perfectionism and perfectionism will be negatively related to positive eating attitudes. This research may hold significant implications for the inclusion of Asian American families in the treatment process of eating disorders and brings awareness to the heightened experiences of family body criticism for Asian Americans.

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