Holly B. Kozee and Tracy L. Tylka, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University.
A TEST OF OBJECTIFICATION THEORY WITH LESBIAN WOMEN
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 348–357, December 2006
How to Cite
Kozee, H. B. and Tylka, T. L. (2006), A TEST OF OBJECTIFICATION THEORY WITH LESBIAN WOMEN. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30: 348–357. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2006.00310.x
This study constituted Holly Kozee's master's thesis, completed under the direction of Tracy L. Tylka.
We would like to thank Nancy E. Betz and Nancy Rudd for their feedback on a previous version of this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 7 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 7 NOV 2006
- Initial submission: October 24, 2005Initial acceptance: June 1, 2006Final acceptance: July 31, 2006
This study extends research on objectification theory as it applies to eating disorder symptomatology by examining whether its tenets generalize to women identifying as lesbian. Lesbian women (N= 181) and a comparison sample of heterosexual women (N= 196) completed measures of objectification theory constructs (interpersonal sexual objectification, body surveillance, body shame, interoceptive awareness, disordered eating). The model of objectification theory was tested separately for lesbian and heterosexual participants. Path analyses revealed that this model provided a poor fit to the data for the lesbian sample, whereas it provided an excellent fit to the data for the heterosexual sample. Based on the data from the lesbian participants, an exploratory model was evaluated. Overall, findings suggested that the interrelationships among the objectification theory constructs were different and more complex for the lesbian participants than for the heterosexual participants.