ERIC Number: EJ1086055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
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Internalized Sexualization and Its Relation to Sexualized Appearance, Body Surveillance, and Body Shame among Early Adolescent Girls
McKenney, Sarah J.; Bigler, Rebecca S.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n2 p171-197 Feb 2016
Sexually objectifying messages about girls and women are common in U.S. popular culture. As a consequence of exposure to such messages, girls may develop "internalized sexualization," or internalization of the belief that sexual attractiveness to males is an important aspect of their identity. We hypothesized that internalized sexualization is associated with behavioral and psychological consequences, including sexualized clothing use, body surveillance, and body shame. In two studies of early adolescent girls (total N = 330, age range = 10-15), we found that girls with higher levels of internalized sexualization wear more sexualized clothing (Study 1) and show higher levels of body surveillance and body shame (Study 2) than girls with lower levels of internalized sexualization.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Human Body, Early Adolescents, Females, Psychological Patterns, Social Attitudes, Popular Culture, Gender Issues, Clothing, Surveys, Coding, Regression (Statistics), Self Concept
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