Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

2015

Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Abstract

Regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic class, women throughout western cultures are well documented for having body image related insecurities. These insecurities can be the result of pressure to look and behave a certain way from a variety of sources including media and peers. This study explored the role that same-sex peers play in undergraduate women's perception of body image. Four undergraduate women at a public, Midwestern university who lived within campus housing were interviewed. Results of the study showed that same-sex peers did not play a significant role in the women's perception of body image. The results of this study suggest that as women develop and mature over time, the influence of peers on body image perception diminishes.

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