After girls played with either the ultrathin or childlike dolls for five minutes, they answered the same body image questions. The children’s ideal-self body mass index reduced significantly after playing with ultrathin dolls, but had no significant change if they played with the childlike dolls.
The results of the study weren’t surprising to Boothroyd
. She said she’d seen other studies about how doll size can alter body ideals
, “though it gave me quite an emotional lurch to see the results on screen the first time.
” Her study adds to this body of evidence showing young girls are negatively impacted by exposure to toys that depict the female body unrealistically
For part of the study, some of the subjects were asked to play with a childlike doll or toy cars after having played with an ultrathin doll. The results showed that even playing with a realistic doll later did not counteract the negative change in their ideal body image seen after they played with the ultrathin dolls.
Body image and mental health
Body dissatisfaction can also be a predictor for other negative consequences, said Charlotte Markey, professor of psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, 研究に関与しなかった人.
“Body image isn’t just a superficial concern, it’s associated with people’s mental health in general,” Markey said.
Some parents are ditching the thin dolls altogether. Markey said when her daughter was younger, she had a “no Barbie rule.”
When her daughter would ask about getting a Barbie doll, Markey would explain why she wouldn’t be purchasing one. Talking about body image with your children at a young age “can have lasting positive consequences,” 彼女は言いました.
Scott Granet, director of The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-Body Dysmorphic Disorder Clinic of Northern California, did allow his daughter to have Barbie dolls growing up. Granet, 研究に関与しなかった人, said if he had a young daughter today, he would allow her to have thin dolls in moderation.
“I would also want to buy her other dolls, あまりにも, that have more realistic bodies to give her a greater sense of what’s more normal,” Granet said.