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Oral Presentations - Guzman 306

Presentation or Panel Title

Connection Between Media and the Negative, Self-Destructive Behavior of Girls Ages of 12 and 16

Location

Guzman 306

Start Date

4-23-2015 7:40 PM

End Date

4-23-2015 7:55 PM

Department

Education

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor

Madalienne F. Peters, Ed.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

People are bombarded by many sources of media. It is nearly impossible to turn on the television, radio, or to drive down the street without seeing messages of perfection highlighted in glitter and splashed across billboards, or hearing media messages on the radio promoting a product that promises perfection, many of them aimed at young children, who are exposed to media messages on a constant basis, messages that are designed to persuade. The problem with certain types of media messages, are the effects that they have on how pre-teens and teens see themselves; this is particularly true for girls who are constantly told, through media messages, that they should look a certain way, which in turn contributes to their low self-esteem. According to Harter, (1993) as cited in Martin & James, (1997) self-esteem drops to a much greater extent for females than male adolescents, with self-perception of physical attractiveness contributing to the drop.

Students are unable to separate negative media influences from real life. Many girls take media influences as an absolute of how they should look in order to be accepted by, not only their peers but also by society. Young girls are trying to create the illusion, by any means necessary, believing that they can make themselves “better” and adversely there are the girls who do not believe that they can or will ever be that person that the media shines the light to, and these girls often take other drastic measure to ease the pain of that reality. The purpose of this study is to identify strategies to turn around the negative effects that can be created through media. messages and to identify strategies that promote positive self-images.

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Connection Between Media and the Negative, Self-Destructive Behavior of Girls Ages of 12 and 16

Guzman 306

People are bombarded by many sources of media. It is nearly impossible to turn on the television, radio, or to drive down the street without seeing messages of perfection highlighted in glitter and splashed across billboards, or hearing media messages on the radio promoting a product that promises perfection, many of them aimed at young children, who are exposed to media messages on a constant basis, messages that are designed to persuade. The problem with certain types of media messages, are the effects that they have on how pre-teens and teens see themselves; this is particularly true for girls who are constantly told, through media messages, that they should look a certain way, which in turn contributes to their low self-esteem. According to Harter, (1993) as cited in Martin & James, (1997) self-esteem drops to a much greater extent for females than male adolescents, with self-perception of physical attractiveness contributing to the drop.

Students are unable to separate negative media influences from real life. Many girls take media influences as an absolute of how they should look in order to be accepted by, not only their peers but also by society. Young girls are trying to create the illusion, by any means necessary, believing that they can make themselves “better” and adversely there are the girls who do not believe that they can or will ever be that person that the media shines the light to, and these girls often take other drastic measure to ease the pain of that reality. The purpose of this study is to identify strategies to turn around the negative effects that can be created through media. messages and to identify strategies that promote positive self-images.