And the reason I chose it is my personal experience as a pageantry contestant.
When I looked into it there was really no research done on pageant contestants.
Personally it was a way to grow as a person and develop so many skills.
My public speaking skills, my confidence, they have all allowed me to grow to a more mature woman who is able to convey my opinions. The study will serve as a foundation for further research into pageantry motivation.
So these women are enjoying their experience and the more autonomously motivated they are the more persistent they are. It’s not because their community is telling them to or their parents are expecting them to.
It’s because they want to do it for their own purposes.
The Uses and Gratification Theory by Elihu Katz and Jay G.
Blumber was also used as the framework to analyze the results of the study.
It will provide an informed source of information in the area of pageantry, a highly stigmatised activity.
Annora Bourgeault graduated from the U of R with an honours degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology.