• Sexualized Media Causes Emotional Problems in Girls

    by  • February 28, 2017 • 4 Every Girl, Sexualization • 1 Comment

    Adolescent Girl with Head in Hands

    A recent study shows malign effects of sex in media.

    A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that sexualized images of women in advertising and media can increase emotional issues in pre-teen girls

    In the study, researchers at University College, London, surveyed 1,600 pupils age 11-13, and comparing the mental health of schoolchildren in 2009 with those in 2014. The study found that the number of schoolgirls with emotional problems rose from 13% in 2009 to 20% (one in five) in 2014.

    The study’s authors were surprised to see the spike in emotional problems, as five years is a short period of time in such a study. Author Dr. Miranda Wolpert said the study highlights the significant and growing emotional problems reported by young girls today, adding that increasing stress on girls and young women can come from academic pressure to “their increasing sexualisation and objectification, amplified by social media.” A recent survey found that nine out of ten teenage girls think TV and magazines focus too much on appearance rather than achievement.

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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    One Response to Sexualized Media Causes Emotional Problems in Girls

    1. D
      March 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      I am glad to hear that the teenage girls agree with the adults on the fact that magazines focus too much on appearance and not enough on achievement. That fact gives me hope.

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