The influence of television images on black females’ self-perceptions of physical attractiveness

Title: The influence of television images on black females’ self-perceptions of physical attractiveness

Year: 1996

Journal / Publication: The Journal of Black Psychology

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 453 – 469

Authors: Perkins, Karen R.

Abstract:

This article examines the role television images play in African American women’s perceptions of their own physical attractiveness. The significance physical attractiveness can carry, in general, is discussed in relation to age, gender, and race. Several studies investigating the psychological effects of idealized media images of beauty are presented and reviewed. In general, these studies indicate that a woman ‘s self-image and satisfaction with her own appearance can be influenced by these media images. However, the bulk of the research conducted within this area hasfailed tofocus on these issues with regard to Black women, and anecdotal and inferential data, as well as literary sources, strongly suggest that many African American women painfully struggle with the present culturally sanctioned, exclusionary images of beauty. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness and stimulateformal investigation into the possible psychological effects of media images in relation to African American women. Several research questions are posed. Suggestions are outlined that may assist parents, educators, and clinicians in prevention of transmitting this toxic, pervasive issue.

Link: http://jbp.sagepub.com/content/22/4/453.abstract

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