Antonios Dakanalis Valentina Elisabetta Di Mattei Antonio Prunas Giuseppe Riva Lucio Sarno Chiara Volpato Maria Assunta Zanetti

The objectified body: media, psychophysical well-being and gender differences

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According to objectification theory (Fredrickson e Roberts, 1997), the effect of sexually objectifying media on self-objectification and on psychophysical young adults well-being have been examined. As far as for women, the exposure to sexually objectifying media leads to self-objectification/body surveillance which in turn leads to body shame, that is related to the etiology of disordered eating. Similar results (even if weaker) came out from the male sample. Women obtained significantly higher mean scores in all variables examined. We found gender issues in body surveillance and shame if considered as mediator variables. Practical implications are discussed


  • Sexual objectification
  • mass media
  • gender
  • body image
  • disordered eating


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