Bonnie Moradi and Yu-Ping Huang, Department of Psychology, University of Florida.
OBJECTIFICATION THEORY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: A DECADE OF ADVANCES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2008
© 2008 Division 35, American Psychological Association
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 377–398, December 2008
How to Cite
Moradi, B. and Huang, Y.-P. (2008), OBJECTIFICATION THEORY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: A DECADE OF ADVANCES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32: 377–398. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2008.00452.x
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2008
- Initial submission: April 2, 2007Initial acceptance: March 12, 2008Final acceptance: July 21, 2008
Fredrickson and Roberts (1997) proposed objectification theory as an integrative framework for understanding how women's socialization and experiences of sexual objectification are translated into mental health problems. This article reviews the past decade of research grounded in objectification theory and highlights needed directions for future scholarship in this area. Specifically, this article reviews research organized according to the following themes: (a) self-objectification and its proposed consequences, (b) sexual objectification experiences as a proposed precursor, and (c) disconnections from bodily functions. An overview of emerging objectification theory research with men is also provided. The review concludes with needed directions for future theoretical and research efforts aimed to advance the psychology of women.