ERIC Number: EJ734329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
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Role of Sexual Objectification Experiences and Internalization of Standards of Beauty in Eating Disorder Symptomatology: A Test and Extension of Objectification Theory
Moradi, Bonnie; Dirks, Danielle; Matteson, Alicia V.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v52 n3 p420-428 Jul 2005
This study extends the literature on eating disorder symptomatology by testing, based on extant literature on objectification theory (B. L. Fredrickson & T. Roberts, 1997) and the role of sociocultural standards of beauty (e.g., L. J. Heinberg, J. K. Thompson, & S. Stormer, 1995), a model that examines (a) links of reported sexual objectification experiences to eating disorder-related variables and (b) the mediating roles of body surveillance, body shame, and internalization of sociocultural standards of beauty. Consistent with hypotheses, with a sample of 221 young women, support was found for a model in which (a) internalization of sociocultural standards of beauty mediated the links of sexual objectification experiences to body surveillance, body shame, and eating disorder symptoms, (b) body surveillance was an additional mediator of the link of reported sexual objectification experiences to body shame, and (c) body shame mediated the links of internalization and body surveillance to disordered eating.
Descriptors: Eating Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Theories, Standards, Females, Youth, Self Concept, Human Body, Sociocultural Patterns
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