Body image and disordered eating in adolescent girls and boys: A test of objectification theory

Amy Slater, Marika Tiggemann

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    Abstract

    This study aimed to test components of objectification theory in a large sample of adolescent girls and boys. Participants were 714 Australian adolescents (382 boys, 332 girls) ranging in age from 12 to 16 years who completed questionnaire measures of body surveillance, body shame, appearance anxiety and disordered eating. Although it was found that girls displayed higher levels of body surveillance, body shame, appearance anxiety and disordered eating than boys, the model proposed by objectification theory was largely supported for both girls and boys. It was concluded that objectification theory appears applicable to adolescents of both genders.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-49
    Number of pages8
    JournalSex Roles
    Volume63
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Adolescence
    • Body image
    • Boys
    • Disordered eating
    • Girls
    • Self-objectification

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