Friendship networks impact self-perceived body images, appearance, popularity, attractiveness, style, pressure, and self-consciousness. This study examines both large and small friendship networks and young women's popular fashion magazine readership. Eighty-seven senior high school young women completed a 22-question survey to determine placement in large or small networks. The survey was used to determine questions later discussed in the report. Significant differences were found between females in large and small networks with regard to attractiveness and style after reading fashion magazines. No other variables were found to be significant.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Women's periodicals--Influence; Teenage girls--Psychology; Self-perception in women--Social aspects; Self-perception in women--Case studies; Female friendship--Case studies

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Student Type


Degree Name

Communication and Media Technologies (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Communication (CLA)


Bruce A. Austin

Advisor/Committee Member

Rudy Pugliese

Advisor/Committee Member

Sandra Rothenberg


I, Meghann E. Connor , hereby deny permission to the RIT Library of the Rochester Institute of Technology to reproduce my print thesis or dissertation in whole or in part.

Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN4835.5 .C66 2005


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