Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Journalism and Media Studies
First Committee Member
Anthony Ferri, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Paul J. Traudt
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
This study is a content analysis examining the representation of health information, particularly the leading causes of death, in cover story headlines of one year of the top women's health and fitness magazines: Prevention , Shape , Fitness , Self , Health and Women's Health. The study is grounded in social responsibility theory, a normative media theory. The findings show that women's health and fitness magazines' cover story headlines predominately discuss diet and exercise for weight loss, rather than the leading causes of death facing women. This under representation of actual societal health concerns can limit the vast readerships' health knowledge and awareness, and therefore their ability to understand their risks and take proper precautions to protect themselves.
Journalism; Mass media in health education; Public health; Women and journalism; Women's mass media; Women's periodicals
Communication | Gender and Sexuality | Health Communication | Immune System Diseases | Journalism Studies | Virus Diseases
Shymansky, Jennifer M., "Women's health and fitness magazines: An accurate portrayal?" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1140.