Self-objectification in women: causes, consequences, and counteractions

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American Psychological Association, Nov 15, 2010 - Psychology - 254 pages
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Modern industrialized society chronically and pervasively objectifies the female body, and many women have come to view themselves through the lens of an external observer, habitually monitoring their own appearance whether in public or private settings. Given the negative effects associated with self-objectification-such as body shame, appearance anxiety, depression, and disordered eating-an empirically based approach to researching and treating self-objectification is critical. This book integrates recent research developments and current clinical knowledge on self-objectification in women. Using Barbara L. Fredrickson and Tomi-Ann Roberts' objectification theory as a framework, the contributors address various aspects of the theory, including evidence for and causes of self-objectification across the life span, psychological consequences, and associated mental health risks. The book also discusses various scales for measuring self-objectification, as well as approaches to prevent and disrupt this phenomenon. With research from a variety of disciplines-psychology, sociology, anthropology, women's studies, and political science-this book should be read by everyone interested in the well-being of women.

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Contents

An Introduction
3
Assessment
23
Sexual and SelfObjectification
46
The Sexualization of Girls and Women
53
An Existential Account
77
A Review and Integration
119
Prevention and Disruption of Sexual and SelfObjectification 161
161
Fighting SelfObjectification in Prevention
187
Future Directions for Research and Practice
217
Index
239
About the Editors
253
Copyright

About the author (2010)

J. KEVIN THOMPSON, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. He is the editor or coeditor of several books, including Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth and Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance. He is also Associate Editor of the journal Body Image: An International Journal of Research.

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