ERIC Number: EJ861479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluation of a Structural Model of Objectification Theory and Eating Disorder Symptomatology among European American and African American Undergraduate Women
Mitchell, Karen S.; Mazzeo, Suzanne E.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v33 n4 p384-395 Dec 2009
This study evaluated a structural equation model of objectification theory among European American (EA; n = 408) and African American women (AA; n = 233). Modeling results indicated a particularly strong association between thin-ideal internalization/body monitoring and eating disorder symptoms, with weaker relationships among body dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety, and eating disorder symptoms. The measurement model was not equivalent for EAs and AAs; however, the structural model was invariant, suggesting that the relationships among these variables may be similar for both groups. Thus, objectification theory does appear to be applicable to AA women, although specification of relevant constructs and refinement of assessment instruments is warranted.
Descriptors: Females, Theories, Eating Disorders, Self Concept, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Undergraduate Students, White Students, African American Students, Structural Equation Models
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