INTRODUCTION “We look at a person and immediately a certain impression of his character forms

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INTRODUCTION “We look at a person and immediately a certain impression of his character forms itself in us” (Asch, 1946, p. 258). Introduction to the Problem Currently in the UK around 50,500 children are experiencing some form of abuse (NSPCC, 2013a). It is shown that around 11.5%, or one out of nine young adults, during their childhood, experienced harsh physical abuse from an adult (NSPCC, 2013b). Radford and colleagues interviewed children below the ages of 11 and up to the ages of 24, but one of the group of children this study is interested in is 11 years and younger, of which he interview 2,160 parents of children aged 11 years and below (NSPCC, 2013b). He found that 1.3% or 1 in 80 of these children had experienced physical abuse…show more content…
Stewart, 1980; Castellow, Wuensch, & Moore, 1990). However, there is a lack of research done on opinions of adults towards child attractiveness bias, by which this study entails to find out. Background to the Study Literature Review Philosophers have always debated about the topic of attractiveness and the significance it may have to a person. A Greek philosopher Plato once stated that, attractiveness or beauty was not only just about physical appearance, but that it also involved this idea of moral value. The three moral values that he identified were beauty, truth and goodness (Synnott, 1989). Plato argues the point that beauty is seen as good, and good is beautiful and that these two are identical (Synnott, 1989). Whilst Symons (1979) argues from an evolutionary perspective and emphasizes the point that, those people who are physically attractive have been naturally given a better chance of survival (as cited in Buss, 2008). The ‘just world theory’ offered by Lerner (1980), looks into an individual’s point of facial attractiveness. This theory proposed that people deserve whatever they may get in life, and therefore those who are attractive are permitted to get benefits, compared to those individuals who are unattractive (as cited in Lerner, 1977). Others researchers have argued against the idea that physical appearance of a person is able to

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