"Pretty pressure" from peers, parents, and the media

a longitudinal study of appearance-based rejection sensitivity

Haley J. Webb*, Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck, Allison M. Waters, Lara J. Farrell, Drew Nesdale, Geraldine Downey

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Drawing from the tripartite sociocultural model of body image, the researchers examined whether direct messages and modeling from peers, parents, and media were concurrently and prospectively associated with appearance-based rejection sensitivity (appearance-RS) in young adolescents (Mage = 12.0 years). Appearance-RS was higher among those who concurrently reported more appearance-related teasing and pressure by peers, more parent teasing, and greater acceptance of media appearance ideals. In prospective analyses, greater increases in appearance-RS over 1 year were found for adolescents who perceived higher levels of parental appearance-related teasing and negative attitudes about their own appearance. Moderation analyses indicated the positive prospective association between parental negative appearance attitudes and appearance-RS was found in younger but not older participants. Gender did not moderate associations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-735
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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