This research was supported by a grant from the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin to the second author, and by NIMH Grant F32 MH071971 to the first author.
Body Objectification, MTV, and Psychological Outcomes Among Female Adolescents1
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2009
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 39, Issue 12, pages 2840–2858, December 2009
How to Cite
Grabe, S. and Hyde, J. S. (2009), Body Objectification, MTV, and Psychological Outcomes Among Female Adolescents. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39: 2840–2858. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00552.x
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2009
In response to the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, the present study explored the role of sexually objectifying media—in this case, music television—in a host of psychological consequences among a community sample of adolescents girls (M age = 13 years). Objectification theory posits that the consequences of sexual objectification involve the process of self-objectification. As such, we hypothesized that music television consumption would first and foremost be associated with self-objectification, which would, in turn, predict a number of body-related consequences. The findings support a model in which self-objectification mediates a direct relation between music television viewing and body esteem, dieting, depressive symptoms, anxiety, and confidence in math ability.