Date on Honors Thesis

Fall 12-2022


Middle School Education- ELA


The research consists of various explorative literary reviews regarding the physical, mental, emotional, and social impacts of body image insecurity among adolescent females. This thesis will consist of pulling from the website I developed that deals with education and activity regarding the subject at hand to equip adolescent females with the means to cope when healthily struggling with body image insecurity. The website includes referenced studies and techniques for middle-grade students searching for avenues to cope with the emotional stressors of unhealthy body perception and the effects that follow. Topics addressed include body image, social media, the weight of words, defining these terms, and offering coping guidance. The role of this research is intent upon serving student needs by becoming a tool accessible for educators, counselors, and administrators to use in their classrooms and Social- Emotional Learning curriculum. This thesis will explore the processes I followed in developing the website, including, but not limited to, the "why" behind its purpose, its need in the research field, and the research holes it seeks to fill. In addition, it will cover relevant research concerning the impact of body perception on adolescent health and the formatting of the website.