• Introduce self as a researcher and briefly summarize the aim of the study.
• Thank the participant for agreeing to take part in the study.
• Allow time for further questioning and answering concerning research project before proceeding.
• Ensure participant information sheet and consent form have been read and signed by the participant.
• Remind/ reconfirm that the interview session will be audio-recorded.
• Assure participant confidentiality.
• Can you tell me about your experience with the scanning process? Did you have any kind of pain, anxiety, or fear?
• What made you endure that when you were inside the machine?
• What made you feel anxiety, panic, fear, pain?
• How did it ease? What was the reason?
• Were you affected by the opinions of the people around you toward the examination? Did you feel increased anxiety or fear after hearing their views?
• Did their opinion scare you or make you feel anxious about the scan?
• How did the radiographer handle the anxiety, panic, or fear that you felt?
They are cultural heroes and their femininity is no longer denied. I guess that in order to rule the world, a woman has to be a Barbie doll so that she will gain attention from men – even if she doesn’t have the brains to go with it. Perhaps that is the message that women and advertisers are communicating in the 21st century. Furthermore, since society is so set on stressing the importance of a thin body and a gorgeous face, it is not a surprise that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia to overcome the female fear of becoming fat are on the rise today (Media’s Effect on Girls, 2009, 1-4). They are what they consume, and it is killing them. Coming to America when I was four years old was a tremendous culture shock for my parents, but not for me. My mother never realized that female beauty could be so concentrated in exacted guidelines and standardized measurements as it is here in America. It is most puzzling how American women can subject themselves to such a biased standard of configuration. In my country of origin, Suriname, women are valued for their individuality and natural charm and beauty. We don’t have a standard look of “fashion beauty” nor do we feel obligated or condemned to a life of copying what we see in magazines. Although we do have fads, as all countries do, our maturity lends to individual styles which are socially acceptable and respected. There is no need for false imaging to gain social acceptance. However, this was the country my parents, grandparents and descendants grew up in. Over the years as I was growing up, my parents realized that they had to furnish me with everything my classmates had; just to keep me from being bullied by classmates. Apparently, the influence of advertising in America is so persuasive that women cannot relate to themselves unless they emulate their stage stars and media stereotypes. Female appearance is central in America, and according to Dr. Smith, professor of Marketing at the University of Wisconsin, “ads with female models are usually for appearance-related products, and by the time girls reach adolescence, they redefine their image and envision their futures” (Advertising Images of Girls, 1997, 2). Thus, advertising and media supports send messages that could limit their aspirations, undermine their self worth and endanger their health. Example: body-pampering with soaps and shampoos that show lady (thin lady) in the shower, with long beautiful hair, perfect dimensions and perfect everything. Then she steps into a sexy little dress that she could not wear until she joined Jenny Craig and lost 25 pounds of unwanted weight. Now she is perfect, acceptable, and the dress she is wearing can be bought at a Wal-Mart and the thin body can be purchased at Jenny Craig Diet Center, and the shampoo and soap can be purchased from any local discount store. So the advertisers are happy, the actors are rich, and the female viewer is frowning because she can’t wear the skinny little dress because she hasn’t lost enough weight to fit into a size 5. The emphasis on female appearance tells American females that they are under pressure to be thin. On the other hand, this tells boys and men that women are supposed to be, above everything else, a pretty and perfect package and “something to behold,” but not necessarily to respect (Advertising Image>