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Boys and girls prefer hyper-muscular male action figures over normally-muscular action figures: Evidence that children have internalized the muscular male body ideal

Baghurst, T.; Griffiths, Scott; Murray, Stuart Benjamin


We sought evidence of internalization of the muscular ideal body among boys and girls by comparing their preferences for hyper-muscular action figures versus their normally-muscular counterparts. Children observed pairings of action figures and reported their preference. Most boys and girls significantly preferred the hyper-muscular figures, and were more likely to provide a physical reason for their preference (e.g., more muscular) than children who preferred the normally-muscular figures. Sex...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: North American Journal of Psychology


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