Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Social.




The present study addressed the extent to which women's body-image and feelings of competency have been influenced by sociocultural pressures to be thin and successful in vocational life. Two female speakers were videotaped delivering a standard 5-minute speech with a "normal weight" and "overweight" body shape. Subjects rated the speaker's speech competency, completed a number of body image measures and evaluated their own psychological, academic and social competence. Women who thought that they were overweight and/or who were unhappy with their appearance and shape, tended to feel socially incompetent but weight and competency ratings were not correlated. Subject's current weight, body image, self-ratings of competency, and stimulus condition (overweight vs. normal weight speaker) were also expected to predict their ratings of the speaker's speech competency. However, the results did not support this hypothesis. Finally, Pearson product-moment correlations were calculated to assess the intercorrelations among body image measures employed in this study. Significant intercorrelations were found among EDI Body dissatisfaction, MBSRQ Appearance Evaluation, Body Areas Satisfaction (BASS), and Figure Ratings discrepancy (ideal-current shape). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .G537. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-04, page: 1505. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.