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A test of objectification theory in adolescent girls

Slater, Amy; Tiggemann, Marika


Amy Slater
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

Marika Tiggemann


The present study tested the components of the model proposed by Objectification Theory (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997) in a sample of adolescent girls. Two groups of girls aged between 12 and 16 years (38 girls who currently studied classical ballet, and 45 girls who did not study classical ballet) completed questionnaire measures of self-objectification, body shame, appearance anxiety, and disordered eating. Contrary to prediction, there was no difference between the 2 groups on self-objectification or on any of its proposed consequences. For the total sample, however, the proposed model was largely supported. In particular, body shame and appearance anxiety partially mediated the relationship between self-objectification and disordered eating. It was concluded that Objectification Theory is applicable to adolescents.


Slater, A., & Tiggemann, M. (2002). A test of objectification theory in adolescent girls. Sex Roles, 46(9-10), 343-349.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2002
Journal Sex Roles
Print ISSN 0360-0025
Electronic ISSN 1573-2762
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 9-10
Pages 343-349
Keywords objectification, dancers, adolescence, body image
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