Sample Exam Questions for "Gender in Social Psychology"

Last updated:
13 Oct 2005

Short-answer

  1. What factors influence a person's perceptions of their own body?
  2. What are the differences in body ideals for men and women?
  3. How can we, as a society potentially combat body image disturbances and eating disorders in adults?

Multiple choice

From a theoretical, measurement and possibly treatment-oriented point of view, body image is best conceived of as:
a. a unidimensional construct
b. a multidimensional construct
c. both
d. neither

Which of the following are true:
1 = Men tend to perceive themselves to be thinner than they really are
2 = Men tend to perceive themselves to be fatter than they really are
3 = Women tend to perceive themselves to be thinner than they really are
4 = Women tend to perceive themselves to be fatter than they really are
a. 1 and 4
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 2 and 4

Body image research has found which of the following to be true:
1 = Men tend to dress for women
2 = Men tend to dress to compete with other men
3 = Women tend to dress to compete with other women
4 = Women tend to dress for men
a. 1 and 4
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 2 and 4

Body dysmorphic disorder involves:
a. a false, exaggerated perception of a part or area of one's body
b. extreme negative emotion about one's body
c. disconnection of consciousness from body awareness
d. depression about body ideals in modern society

It has been estimated that ___% of Western people are trying to reach some kind of body ideal, whilst only ___% of people could actually physiologically achieve typical body ideals.
a. 90; 10
b. 85; 5
c. 80; 20
d. 70; 5