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Date of Award

January 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name



Exercise and Sport Science

First Advisor

Whitney Moore


Building upon discourse completion task (DCT) research examining men’s responses to a fat talk prompt by a male friend, this study examined how men respond to a DCT with a muscle talk prompt. Adult men (N = 110) completed an online survey including measures of their body talk engagement and DCTs depicting male dyads of similar and different body types (e.g., normal-normal, normal-overweight, normal-muscular, normal-thin). For consistency, the respondent was depicted with a “normal” body type. The pattern of responses to the DCT dyads varied across the different speaker body types and differed compared to prior research using a fat prompt. Deflections and expansion requests were addressed more to the muscular speaker; whereas validations were given more toward normal and overweight speakers. Two sub-themes were added to the codebook. More research is needed to further understand what influences male friends’ body talk.

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