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-Analyze the influence of special populations on the field of media psychologists

-Analyze the influence of special populations on the field of public health programs in psychology

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Influence of Special Populations on the field of Professional Psychology

? Analyze the influence of special populations on the field of media psychologists

Mass media are forms of communication that generate messages to society. For example, in addition to education and entertainment, the media plays a powerful role in socialization. According to Thompson, Heinberg, Altabe, Tantleff-Dunn, (1999) given recent advances in computer technology and interactive media, users access a large body of information of what are considered societal ideals. Thus, according to Thompson et al., the media exerts a powerful influence on the development and maintenance of disturbances in society. Gunther (1995) noted what he referred to as the "third-person" effect that occurs when the impact of media exposure on others is overestimated, and the impact on self is un-estimated. He posits that both children and adults acquire attitudes from exposure to mass media including: television, magazines and film. As an example, in their study, Thompson et al. emphasized the impact of media standards on body image. Societal standards promoted through the media stress the importance of thinness. However, according to Thomas et. al, the socio-cultural theory of body image is out of reach for most ...

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This solution is focused on counseling with special populaitons in professina psychology.The influence of special populations on the field of public health programs in psychology is explored.

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