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An Investigation of the Relationship Between Female Body Esteem, Single-Sex Versus Mixed-Sex School and Social Media Usage

McGrath, Chloe (2021) An Investigation of the Relationship Between Female Body Esteem, Single-Sex Versus Mixed-Sex School and Social Media Usage. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: The current study aims to investigate the relationship between female body esteem, single-sex versus mixed-sex school and social media usage. It was hypothesized that H1: there will be a difference between females who went to single-sex vs mixed-sex schools on measures of body esteem. H2: daily use of social media will have an impact on the body esteem scores of females from single-sex and mixed-sex schools. H3: daily use of social media and school type will predict scores of females on measures of body esteem.

Methods: Participants were recruited through non-probability convenience sampling. The study targeted females, who were post-secondary school 5 years or less, in order to compare one gender across two different school types. A quantitative cross-sectional study was conducted, using scales to measure body esteem and social media use across females from single-sex schools and mixed-sex schools.

Results: Results supported hypothesis 1 and 3. Contrary to what was predicted, hypothesis 2 was not supported. Conclusion: Findings provide a greater understanding of the impact school type and social media have on female body esteem. Findings have important implications for the minister of education and the school education unions in order to prevent future decreasing of body esteem levels.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Body image
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:21
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4955

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