The patterns, motives and effects of social media use on body image perceptions and psychological wellbeing of youths

What is the study?

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This research study, entitled “The patterns, motives and effects of social media use on body image perceptions and psychological wellbeing of youths” aims to investigate the effects of social media use on body image perceptions.

What is the purpose of the study?

By documenting the patterns, motives and effects of social media use on body image it is hoped that this study will inform efforts to promote positive body image among social media users.

What does the study involve?

The study involves completing a series of questionnaires which is expected to take approximately 20 mins. In the questionnaires, participants will be asked a series of questions relating to their use of social media and how this use influences their experiences and understandings of body image.

Who can participate?

Individuals aged 18-30 who use social media.

What are the benefits of participation?

By participating individuals will be providing a valuable contribution to psychological research on this important and pressing topic and the findings may inform future intervention efforts.

[Please note, participants will not receive any money or gifts for participating in this study. ]

What are the possible risks of participation?

It is not anticipated that participation should cause psychological distress. However, should individuals experience any emotional or psychological distress as a result of participation, a list of counselling services and their contact details will be provided.

What are participant rights if they join the study?

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and if individuals agree to participate they have the following rights:

1. The information from this study will be kept strictly confidential and will not be made available to any other people.

2. This survey will be completely anonymous. No one will link any personal information provided by the individual, to the identifying information provided by the individual. All data provided will be protected using encrypted software and will be held solely by the research team.

3. As participation is completely voluntary, individuals are free to withdraw from the study at will, without explanation and without penalty. Individuals are free to withdraw at any time up to the point of thesis submission in September 2021.

4. Under the Freedom of Information Act (2014), individuals can have access to any information we store about them, if requested.


This study has received ethics approval from the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin.

Contact Details

Ciara Mahon, PhD Student

School of Psychology, Áras an Phairsaigh, Áras an Phairsaigh, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Trinity College, Dublin 2.

Telephone: (01) 8968494


Supervisor: Prof. David Hevey

Telephone: 01 896 3914


The link to the survey can be found here:

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