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The Effects of Celebrity Images and Environmental Context on Male Body-Esteem, Anxiety, and Depression

Trevor J. Eagle and Sara A. Zeiger
Ohio Northern University

This study examined the effects of slide show type (all male or all female celebrity images) and context of the environment (all male or mixed gender) on male’s body image, anxiety and depression. Forty-eight male participants completed measures of the dependent variables after watching a slide show of 25 all male or all female celebrity photos from People Magazine. The results suggested that males viewing the all female ideal celebrity images scored significantly higher in their levels of depression compared to viewing the ideal male celebrity images, suggesting that males experience more significant psychological distress by viewing ideal celebrity images of the opposite sex than those of the same sex.

23rd Annual Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Wooster, Ohio