Critical measurement issues in the assessment of social media influence on body image

Jarman, Hannah K., Mclean, Siân A., Griffiths, Scott, Teague, Sam, Rodgers, Rachel F., Paxton, Susan J., Austen, Emma, Harris, Emily, Steward, Trevor, Shatte, Adrian, Khanh-Dao Le, Long, Anwar, Tarique, Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Parker, Alexandra G., Yager, Zali, and Fuller-tyszkiewicz, Matthew (2022) Critical measurement issues in the assessment of social media influence on body image. Body Image, 40. pp. 225-236.

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Progress towards understanding how social media impacts body image hinges on the use of appropriate measurement tools and methodologies. This review provides an overview of common (qualitative, self-report survey, lab-based experiments) and emerging (momentary assessment, computational) methodological approaches to the exploration of the impact of social media on body image. The potential of these methodologies is detailed, with examples illustrating current use as well as opportunities for expansion. A key theme from our review is that each methodology has provided insights for the body image research field, yet is insufficient in isolation to fully capture the nuance and complexity of social media experiences. Thus, in consideration of gaps in methodology, we emphasise the need for big picture thinking that leverages and combines the strengths of each of these methodologies to yield a more comprehensive, nuanced, and robust picture of the positive and negative impacts of social media.

Item ID: 73673
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6807
Copyright Information: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 02:21
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520105 Psychological methodology, design and analysis @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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