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Prevalence of self-objectification among Northern Kentucky students

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dc.contributor.author Spjut, Nichole
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-05T18:04:15Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-05T18:04:15Z
dc.date.created 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11216/3172
dc.description.abstract Past research indicates self-objectification – viewing oneself as an object or collection of body parts – can lead to depression, body-shaming, and eating disorders. This study identifies the prevalence of self-objectification among Northern Kentucky University (NKU) students and student awareness of engaging in self-objectifying behaviors. One hundred twenty surveys were administered to NKU students on campus. Students answered questions designed to measure awareness of self-objectification and actual engagement in self-objectifying behaviors. Prevalence of self-objectification among students was found to be high, while awareness was found to be low. Female students had significantly higher rates of self-objectification (96.6%) compared with male students (77.8%). Female students were also more likely to engage in body or body-part comparison (86.2%) compared to male students (59.3%). Understanding the prevalence of self-objectification can offer insight into reasons behind record-high rates of depression among college students and can lead to more effective treatment interventions. Findings can also help to inform future research and policy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Jessica Taylor, Faculty mentor en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Northern Kentucky University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nysa, the NKU Journal of Student Research;v. 1, Fall 2018
dc.rights Copyright retained by author en_US
dc.subject Objectification (Social psychology) en_US
dc.subject College students Psychology Study and teaching en_US
dc.title Prevalence of self-objectification among Northern Kentucky students en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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