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Students in Dr. Stephen Franzoi’s Body Esteem Lab research the effects of cultural expectations of beauty, and the influence of these expectations on young adults’ body esteem, the evaluation of their physical selves.

Current projects include re-examining the factor structure of Dr. Franzoi’s Body Esteem Scale, investigating the effects of social and temporal reference groups on young women’s body esteem, an analysis of gender differences in young adults' explanatory style regarding the physical self and researching the effects of parental sexism on young women’s body esteem.

Future projects include clinical application of the body esteem research, in the development of an empowering model for women with low body esteem. In this model, women will be educated on thinking of their bodies as instruments of action instead of objects of beauty.

Current Research Associates

Graduate Students

Katie Frost
Michaela Engdahl


Undergraduate Students

Catherine Byrne


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