Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

A Qualitative Perspective of Tall College Women's Intrinsic Dynamics Relating to Height

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Journal Title

College Student Journal

Volume

47

Issue

3

First Page

405

Last Page

420

Abstract

We conducted in-depth interviews with 24 tall college females for the present phenomenological, qualitative research study. As tall females in our study described the impact of height on their self-perceptions, two over-arching key height-related outcomes emerged, each of which contained sub-components. First, participants described themselves as highly attuned to height dynamics. These included the participants noticing the heights of others, perceptions of receiving extra attention because of their height, and a personal sense of identification with their tallness. Additionally, the women recounted personal adjustments they have made due to their height, including slouching for the purpose of appearing shorter, hunting for clothing that fits a tall frame, and strategic efforts in dressing.

Keywords

College women, height, perceptions, qualitative research, tall

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