Sororities and Self Image
Arts and Sciences
Kylie Foster, Kelsey Stallter
The American culture places a large emphasis on outward appearances and beauty. Women are specifically prone to place more value on appearance versus any other attribute. Negative self-image and body image has been a rising issue among college women. Sororities are popular college organizations that provide college women with career networking opportunities, philanthropic values, a community of friends, and a lifelong support system. However, body image disorders have been discovered as a common theme among sorority women who report that they have negative self-image. It has also been reported that being in a sorority causes a woman’s self-image to decrease compared to women who are not in a sorority (Rolnik, 2010). An online survey was used to gauge the quality of self-image of both sorority- and non-affiliated women. Based on our findings and other research, we hypothesize that one’s sorority affiliation has an affect on how one views their own self. This study explored the effects of sorority affiliation on one’s own self-image, hypothesizing that sorority affiliates would be associated with self-image.
Kunkle, Emily; Stallter, Kelsey; and Foster, Kylie, "Sororities and Self Image" (2017). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 650.