Dolls and action figures

Dittmar, H (2012) Dolls and action figures. In: Cash, Thomas F (ed.) Encyclopedia of body image and human appearance. Elsevier, London, pp. 386-391. ISBN 9780123849250

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This article addresses the perfect body ideals embodied by dolls and action figures marketed at children and adolescents, and the effect these toys can have on body image. Dolls and action figures provide tangible images of the body that can be internalized as part of children’s and adolescents’ developing sense of identity and body image. The article presents a meta-theoretical framework of how toys can function as socialization agents, describes the ways in which sociocultural body ideals are represented in toys, and then reviews existing research on the impact of dolls and action figures on body dissatisfaction and body-related behaviors in children and adolescents.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Helga Dittmar
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 13:59
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 13:59
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