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Title: #Fitspo: Adolescent Girls' and Mother's Narratives on the Impact of Fitspiration via Social Media
Authors: Cara, Hykawy
Supervisor(s): Wong, Gina (Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology)
Examining Committee: Russell-Mayhew, Shelley (Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary)
Vallance, Jeff (Athabasca University)
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: Fitspiration
Social media
body satisfaction
body image
self comparison
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2018
Abstract: This research explores adolescent girls’ (age 16 to 17) and mothers of adolescent girls’ (age 15 to 17) storied experiences of viewing, guiding, and communicating about fitspiration on visual-based social media networks. The feminist-narrative research puzzle is, “What are the storied experiences of adolescent girls (age 15 to 17) and mothers of adolescent girls (age 15 to 17) of viewing, guiding, and communicating about fitspiration on visual-based social media?” Five common threads in the four narratives emerged as (1) culture of valuation contingent on appearance; (2) viewing fitspiration resulted in body dissatisfaction; (3) possessing coping resources does not guarantee immunity to body dissatisfaction; (4) mothers recognize impact of fitspiration on daughters; (5) mothers guide through various methods but remain uncertain; (6) alternative body messaging aids in resistance to body ideal influence. A differing thread emerged as (1) mothers differ in fitspo knowledge; (2) mothers differ in communication and regulation intrusiveness.
Graduation Date: Jun-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/242
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