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Defensive reactions to slim female images in advertising: The moderating role of mode of exposure

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  • Wan, Fang
  • Ansons, Tamara L.
  • Chattopadhyay, Amitava
  • Leboe, Jason P.

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Across three studies, we examined the impact of exposure to idealized female images, blatantly vs. subtly, on females’ self-evaluations, as well as attitude towards brands endorsed by the models with these idealized body images, in marketing communications. We theorized and showed that blatant exposure can elicit defensive coping, leading to a more positive self-evaluation and a lower brand attitude toward a brand endorsed by a model with an idealized body image. When exposure is subtle, however, idealized body images lead to lowered self-evaluations and increased evaluations of endorsed brands.

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  • Wan, Fang & Ansons, Tamara L. & Chattopadhyay, Amitava & Leboe, Jason P., 2013. "Defensive reactions to slim female images in advertising: The moderating role of mode of exposure," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 120(1), pages 37-46.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jobhdp:v:120:y:2013:i:1:p:37-46
    DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2012.07.008
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