Methods Participants Subjects used were female undergraduate students at Converse College. There were a total of 42 participants ranging from freshman to seniors. Participants were selected through convenient sampling, gave informed consent, and were reassured of their anonymity. All participation was voluntary. Apparatus/Materials For this experiment we used photos which were obtained through various internet sources. Pictures chosen were that of a plus and normal sized models who wore matching clothing. Size distinctions were made as a group by the experimenters. The pictures were put into two groups of 10, with one group consisting of plus size photos and the other of normal sized photos. Questionnaires contained a Leichardt scale asking participants to judge the fashions shown on a scale of 1-7. An attached page contained additional questions which asked each participant to rate her body image and her desire to change her body. Questionnaires were completed at various locations on campus. Procedure Participants were given a packet consisting of an informed consent page, a set of 10 pictures that were plus sized or normal, and 10 questions to answer. Instructions were typed on questionnaires, and were reiterated verbally to subjects before they filed them out. Participants were asked to write their class year in the space provided. Eight of the 10 questions asked the participants to rate their opinion of the clothing pictured as strongly dislike, moderately dislike, somewhat dislike, neutral, somewhat like, moderately like, and strongly like. On the next page, they were then asked to rate their body image using the same scale, as well as their desire to change their body on a scale of 1-10. This entire process took approximately three to five minutes. The questionnaires were split into two groups to evenly survey pictures shown. The plus group viewed the plus sized photos and the normal group viewed the normal sized photos. Both groups were then split evenly into two subsections of either freshman/sophomores or juniors/seniors. Researches were present while participants completed questionnaires. Participants were initially told that they were being surveyed on fashion, but after completion, were told the experiment was testing body image. After questionnaires were complete, researchers collected and compiled all data.
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