Jolanda Veldhuis

Jolanda Veldhuis
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Department of Communication Science

PhD

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor in the field of Social Marketing, Risk/Health Communication and Media Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Dep. of Communication Science). My research interests include social marketing of prosocial behavior (environmental communication strategies); media processing in a social context (media-peer-influences on body image/well-being); negotiating media effects (communication strategies); risk/health communication applications; individual and diversity aspects.
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January 2009 - present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (41)
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Due to the enormous popularity of social networking sites (SNSs), online and offline social lives seem inextricably linked, which raises concerns for how SNS use relates to psychological health. Similarly, the omnipresence of selfies on SNSs—a form of appearance-related exposure—raises concerns regarding psychological health. This study aimed to in...
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Media's prevailing thin-body ideal plays a vital role in adolescent girls' body image development, but the co-occurring impact of peer feedback is understudied. The present study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to test media imagery and peer feedback combinations on neural activity related to thin-body ideals. Twenty-four healthy...
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The present study introduces a theoretical framework on negotiated media effects. Specifically, we argue that feedback of peers on thin-body ideal media images and individual dispositions guide effects on adolescent girls' psychosocial responses to media exposure. Therefore, we examined the thin-body ideal as portrayed in media and peers' feedback...
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Sophistication of media technologies offers increasing possibilities for selective self-presentation online. However, how self-presentation affects well-being and body image is unclear. This systematic review aimed to map to what extent and under which circumstances types of self-presentation, versus lurking, support or hamper individuals’ well-bei...
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This study addresses the question to which extent individual online self-presentations become more similar globally, due globalisation and digitalisation, or whether ethno-racial identity predisposes individuals’ online self-presentation. That is, we examined the degree to which individuals varying in ethno-racial identity converge or diverge in on...
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Investigating social media use effects on children’s and adolescents’ well-being is one of the most contested research fields today. With a fast-growing literature, yet increasingly inconsistent and heterogeneous findings, it becomes difficult to draw reasonable conclusions. This chapter first introduces and summarizes the discussion around social...
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On a daily basis, individuals between 12 and 25 years of age engage with their mobile devices for many hours. Social Media Use (SMU) has important implications for the social life of younger individuals in particular. However, measuring SMU and its effects often poses challenges to researchers. In this exploratory study, we focus on some of these c...
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Our contemporary Western society abundantly surrounds us with beauty ideals and perfect bodies. Both traditional media, like magazines and television, and newer, digital media technologies, like social media sites play a prominent role in conveying body ideals and setting aesthetic standards. Although standards of what is considered an ideal body s...
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Introduction With the rise of camera phones, selfie-taking has become a normative part of our modern culture. However, little is known about how this behavior may relate to eating disorder (ED) characteristics, particularly in those who already have eating disorder symptoms of clinical severity. The current study investigated how selfie-posting and...
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Advertisers have turned attention to the popular photograph-based social network Instagram. One technique for reaching consumers has been advertisements resembling posts one’s friends might make. These native advertisements use Instagram’s conventions and may be unrecognized as sponsored messages at first glance, when browsing one’s Instagram. A wi...
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Photo-based activity on social networking sites has recently been identified as contributing to body image concerns. The present study aimed to investigate experimentally the effect of number of likes accompanying Instagram images on women's own body dissatisfaction. Participants were 220 female undergraduate students who were randomly assigned to...
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Although self-presentation has been studied for decades, social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook have produced novel opportunities for visual online self-presentation. Posting selfies is currently a popular mode of consciously constructing visual online self-presentation, yet most prior research is limited to selfie posting alone. This study...
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This paper describes a Dutch translation and validation of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2; Tylka & Wood-Barcalow, 2015a), an instrument for assessing key components of positive body image. Dutch-speaking female university students (N = 310, Mage = 21.31, SD = 3.04) completed the Dutch BAS-2. To assess its construct validity, participants also...
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This pilot study explored whether focusing on body functionality (i.e., everything the body can do) can protect women from potential harmful effects of exposure to thin-ideal images. Seventy women (Mage = 20.61) completed an assignment wherein they either described the functionality of their body or the routes that they often travel (control). Afte...
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The verbal messages that contextualize exposure to idealized body imagery may moderate media users’ body satisfaction. Such contextualizing verbal messages often take the form of social comparison motives in fashion magazines, while body dissatisfaction is an important mechanism underlying various body image–related health issues like depression an...
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This chapter outlines the research program in focusing on how today's new communication technology intersects with adolescent developmental issues. It first examines how newer communication technology appeals to adolescents’ developmental needs, such as the role of user-generated content in the so-called imaginary audience, identity development, an...
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The present study investigated whether information or warnings about depictions of the thin-body ideal in mass media are effective in counteracting media-induced negative body perceptions of adolescent girls. Based on counter-advertising and reactance theories, our hypotheses were tested in a 3 (weight labels: information vs. warning vs. no label)...
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Research on smoking behavior suggests that less well-educated adolescents are most susceptible to taking up smoking. This paper reports on an experiment that investigates the effects of adapting fear appeals to this target group. Threats were manipulated in terms of content (long-term health versus short-term cosmetic effects) and form (image versu...
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Abstract The present paper provides empirical data to support the use of social media as research environment. YouTube was chosen as a most appropriate format to target adolescents in experimental and cross-sectional designs given its popularity as well as its plasticity. We uniquely applied the YouTube format as (a) an environment to present manip...
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To examine how weight information labels on variously sized media models affect (pre)adolescent girls' body perceptions and how they compare themselves with media models. We used a three (body shape: extremely thin vs. thin vs. normal weight) × three (information label: 6-kg underweight vs. 3-kg underweight vs. normal weight) experimental design in...
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Psychological treatments for hypertension have at best received mixed support from empirical studies and expert panels. A controlled trial was conducted to examine the effects of stress management training (SMT) on blood pressure (BP) and psychological measures. Thirty seven patients with essential hy-pertension were randomly assigned to a treatmen...
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In using weight and diet advisors, people compare embodied agents with their actual selves and with the person they want to be: someone with an ideal weight; their ideal selves. In a laboratory and an online experiment, we scrutinized the effects of similarity with and idealness of an embodied agent feature on user involvement with, distance toward...
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In an experimental setting, we investigated whether body shape similarity between user and interface character affected involvement with, distance towards, as well as intentions to use the character in an e-health context. Users interacted with an interface character with the same (similar) or with a different (dissimilar) body shape as their own....

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Investigating effective health communication strategies to reduce hiv-stigma - in collabration with an external, societal partner
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Investigating the impact of social media on body image in women with eating disorders (also to inform interventions and policy) - together with external societal and research partner