Objectification theory predicts college women’s attitudes toward cosmetic surgery

Calogero, Rachel M. and Pina, Afroditi and Park, Lora E. and Rahemtulla, Zara K. (2010) Objectification theory predicts college women’s attitudes toward cosmetic surgery. Sex Roles, 63 (1-2). pp. 32-41. ISSN 0360-0025 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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This study investigated cosmetic surgery attitudes within the framework of objectification theory. One hundred predominantlyWhite, British undergraduate women completed self-report measures of impression management, global selfesteem, interpersonal sexual objectification, self-surveillance, body shame, and three components of cosmetic surgery attitudes. As expected, each of the objectification theory variables predicted greater consideration of having cosmetic surgery in the future. Also, as expected, sexual objectification and body shame uniquely predicted socialmotives for cosmetic surgery, whereas self-surveillance uniquely predicted intrapersonal motives for cosmetic surgery. These findings suggest that women’s acceptance of cosmetic surgery as a way to manipulate physical appearance can be partially explained by the degree to which they view themselves through the lenses of sexual and self-objectification.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Calogero
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 14:32
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 15:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25837 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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