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Anna Bardone-Cone, I am extremely grateful to Anna, her work inspired this study. She was always on hand to answer my queries about her study and she made many useful suggestions that I have been able to implement in this study.
Dianne Spangler, I am extremely grateful to Dianne, she was one of the creators of the Belief about appearance scale…

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Tami Lempert, I am extremely grateful to Tami, she was my project supervisor. She guided me through the process of designing and carrying out a psychological study. She always gave me constructive criticism and thanks to her I have pushed myself to produce a study I am extremely proud of.
This study examined the short-term impact on self-esteem and body image of a single brief exposure to a pro-anorexia website (PAW). Cognitive theory of eating disorders was the main rationale for the study. It was hypothesised that disturbed body schemas increase susceptibility to pro-anorexia websites. 60 young women aged 20-35 were randomly assigned to participate in one of the four experimental conditions. A PAW 'Thinspiration' section (images of thin models); a PAW 'Forum' section (an open discussion board used by individuals to discuss eating patterns and build affinity networks); a PAW 'Tips-and-tricks' section (provides visitors with pieces of advice about how to deceive the diagnostic instruments, description of techniques to kill the appetite, unique exercise advice, etc); a control section (a website about female fashion using average-sized models). ...
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