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Study Finds Ethnic Identification Helps Latina Teens

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A new study released by the Oregon State University found that ethnic identification helps Latina teens resist the media barrage of body images.

According to the study, a strong sense of ethnic identity can help girls feel positive about their body and appearance. Identification and pride in their ethnic background can act as a partial buffer against a wave of advertisements that show women in sexualized roles.

Scientists say anything that can help is necessary as young teenagers compare themselves to an onslaught of thin and glamorous models portrayed by the media, and they suffer as a result. One out of every two advertisements featuring women depicts them as sex objects.

The new findings were recently published in Body Image, a professional journal, by researchers from Oregon State University.