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Media, youth, and body image

With social media’s effects on youth in the headlines, the slow decline in the pandemic lingering on, and mental health care needs for children on the rise, the interactions of media and body image have rarely been more relevant. From parents to policy-makers, solid, evidence-based information is vital for understanding and addressing these complex effects.

Our dedicated research guide on Body Image and Social Media provides a comprehensive overview of this specific field, including prominent books, journals, and researchers.

Our curated, searchable database of citations here on Media Health Effects compiles dozens of peer-reviewed articles on body image. Here are a few recent examples: