chapter  7
Think “ideal” and feel bad? Using self-discrepancies to understand negative media effects
ByHELGA DITTMAR & EMMA HALLIWELL
Pages 26

We still know little about the psychological mechanisms through which people come to feel bad about their own bodies after seeing idealised media models. Using a self-discrepancy framework, we test models in our exposure experiments, which show that:

• Our own self-discrepancy measure, the Self-discrepancy Index, is particularly useful in the body-image domain.