Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Kristin Croyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Frederick A. Ernst

Third Advisor

Dr. Grant Benham


This study involved a final sample of 153 Mexican-American college women who viewed photos of models who exemplify the thin ideal and models who are considered average and overweight according to society’s standards of beauty. The order of the photos was manipulated to determine if subjection to the thin ideal would negatively affect body satisfaction and or affect how the participants judged the models who did not meet the thin ideal. Manipulation did not negatively affect how participants judged the average and overweight models. In addition, upon manipulation, both groups rated themselves as heavier despite group assignment. Finally, acculturation level was not associated with body satisfaction. Additional measures were included to assess potential resiliency factors.


Copyright 2010 Natalie Marie Perez. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Psychology Commons