This research is part of the doctoral dissertation of the first author. We acknowledge Robert Carson, Susan Head, Tomi-Ann Roberts, and Robert Thompson for thoughtful comments and feedback.
A MEDIATIONAL MODEL LINKING SELF-OBJECTIFICATION, BODY SHAME, AND DISORDERED EATING
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 623–636, December 1998
How to Cite
Noll, S. M. and Fredrickson, B. L. (1998), A MEDIATIONAL MODEL LINKING SELF-OBJECTIFICATION, BODY SHAME, AND DISORDERED EATING. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22: 623–636. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1998.tb00181.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Initial submission: June 26, 1997; Initial acceptance: August 8, 1997; Final acceptance: October 22, 1997
This study tests a mediational model of disordered eating derived from objectification theory (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). The model proposes that the emotion of body shame mediates the relationship between self-objectification and disordered eating. Two samples of undergraduate women (n= 93, n= 111) completed self-report questionnaires assessing self-objectification, body shame, anorexic and bulimic symptoms, and dietary restraint. Findings in both samples supported the mediational model. Additionally, a direct relationship between self-objectification and disordered eating was also observed. Implications and future research directions are discussed.