This study is a cross sectional survey and interview to determine the influences of body image of 83 women at The College of Wooster. The survey consists of 25 mostly Likert Scale questions and the interviews were conducted with one female from each class year. The literature shows that the major variables are parents, peers, media, and change of location from living at home to the campus environment. There is a lack of literature about the change of environment and a majority of the studies are conducted strictly on college women. Theory is broken down into 4 sections including Erikson's model of development, Gilligan's communication theory, de Beauvoir's 'Second Sex' and female competition, and Symbolic Interactionism. According to the seven hypotheses I came up with and the quantitative results from their survey responses the most influential variables were the mother or father and the media. The qualitative portion or the quotes in the discussion supports the quantitative results.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather M.


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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