Conference Paper: Rap Music Videos and African-American Womens’ Body Image by Mr Cooper

Full title: Rap Music Videos and African American Women’s Body Image: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity

By Yuanyuan Zhang, Travis L. Dixon & Kate Conrad

Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between exposure to thin ideals in Black-oriented programming and young Black women’s body image disturbance, specifically addressing the moderating role of ethnic identity. Items gauging exposure to 30 rap music videos with different body size ratings were used to measure exposure to thin-ideal images among a sample of 111 Black female undergraduate students. Findings show that there was no main effect of exposure to thin-ideal rap videos on Black women’s body image disturbance. Instead, the impact of media exposure was shaped by viewers’ strength of ethnic identity. For Black women with stronger ethnic identity, viewing thin-ideal rap videos was related to less body dissatisfaction, less drive for thinness, and lower bulimia action tendencies. For Black women with weaker ethnic identity, reverse results were observed. The implications of these findings are discussed.

To read this article and its associated commentaries, simply click on the PDF links below:

Full article (.pdf): Zhang, Dixon & Conrad

Full article (.html)

Commentary: J.Alison Bryant (PlayScience)

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Hi, in this moment i have problems to listen the conference. Someona could help me please?

Comment by Stefania Acosta

Hi Stefania,

The papers are in the form of an online discussion for this first event – you can read the article and the commentary using the links in the post and then respond using the comments features.

The keynote address and publishing workshops are in the form of pre-recorded podcasts.

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