Event Title

“Little Miss” - - The Psychological Effects of Childhood Beauty Pageants

Location

Edwards Hall Lobby

Document Type

Poster Presentation (1 hour)

Description

There is a great deal of controversy around whether or not childhood beauty pageants are beneficial or harmful to the psychological well-being and growth and development of those children that partake in them. Many are concerned that such pageants “condition young girls to be sensitive to their physical appearance, leading to body image and eating related disorders” (Cartwright, 2011). In addition, “Issues with self-identity after a child ‘retires’ from the pageant scene in their teens are not uncommon. Struggles with perfection, dieting, eating disorders and body image can take their toll into adulthood” (Cartwright, 2011). Although there is a significant amount of data supporting the negative effects of pageants, it is just one side of the argument.

Those in support of childhood beauty pageants may argue that competing in

pageants provides young girls with confidence that boosts self-esteem. As a result, such confidence and self-esteem can lead to success in other area’s of the child’s life.

This project will examine both the positive and negative psychological effects of

childhood beauty pageants along with relative influencing factors such as child development, Benson’s 40 developmental assets, and the impact of parenting styles.

Reference:

Cartwright, M. (2011). Child beauty pageants: What are we teaching our girls? Psychology Today, Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/food-thought/201108/child-beauty-pageants-what-are-we-teaching-our-girls

Key Words:

Childhood Beauty Pageants

Psychological Effects

Child Development

Benson’s 40 Developmental Assets

Parenting Styles

Start Date

26-4-2014 2:10 PM

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“Little Miss” - - The Psychological Effects of Childhood Beauty Pageants

Edwards Hall Lobby

There is a great deal of controversy around whether or not childhood beauty pageants are beneficial or harmful to the psychological well-being and growth and development of those children that partake in them. Many are concerned that such pageants “condition young girls to be sensitive to their physical appearance, leading to body image and eating related disorders” (Cartwright, 2011). In addition, “Issues with self-identity after a child ‘retires’ from the pageant scene in their teens are not uncommon. Struggles with perfection, dieting, eating disorders and body image can take their toll into adulthood” (Cartwright, 2011). Although there is a significant amount of data supporting the negative effects of pageants, it is just one side of the argument.

Those in support of childhood beauty pageants may argue that competing in

pageants provides young girls with confidence that boosts self-esteem. As a result, such confidence and self-esteem can lead to success in other area’s of the child’s life.

This project will examine both the positive and negative psychological effects of

childhood beauty pageants along with relative influencing factors such as child development, Benson’s 40 developmental assets, and the impact of parenting styles.

Reference:

Cartwright, M. (2011). Child beauty pageants: What are we teaching our girls? Psychology Today, Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/food-thought/201108/child-beauty-pageants-what-are-we-teaching-our-girls

Key Words:

Childhood Beauty Pageants

Psychological Effects

Child Development

Benson’s 40 Developmental Assets

Parenting Styles