Title Perceived Humanization by Intimate Partners during Pregnancy Is Associated with fewer Depressive Symptoms, Less Body Dissatisfaction, and Greater Sexual Satisfaction through Reduced Self-Objectification
Authors Brock R.L., Ramsdell E.L., SAEZ DÍAZ, GEMMA, Gervais S.J., SAEZ DÍAZ, GEMMA
External publication No
Means Sex Roles
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85086455914&doi=10.1007%2fs11199-020-01166-6&partnerID=40&md5=1791e0ee753640de7b8f08a8edda0810
Publication date 01/01/2020
ISI 000539505400001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85086455914
DOI 10.1007/s11199-020-01166-6
Abstract Consistent with objectification theory, the primary goal of the present study was to investigate the role of perceived humanization from one’s intimate partner as a predictor of depression (i.e., symptom severity), eating disorders (i.e., body dissatisfaction), and sexual dysfunction (i.e., dissatisfaction with quality of the sexual relationship) during pregnancy through decreased self-objectification. We tested our hypotheses within a dyadic framework, considering the respective contributions of humanization perceived by each partner to self-objectification and well-being in 159 U.S. heterosexual couples. Results converged with research linking partner humanization to lower levels of self-objectification in women. Further, feeling humanized by one’s partner also decreased self-objectification in men. Subsequently, lower levels of self-objectification were associated with lower levels of depressive symptoms and body dissatisfaction for both men and women and higher levels of sexual satisfaction for women. Our study also revealed the complex role of self-objectification in couple relationships: Less self-objectification by women, related to humanization from one’s partner, was associated with fewer depressive symptoms reported by their partners, but less self-objectification by men was, paradoxically, associated with more depressive symptoms reported by their partners. Results have implications for practitioners implementing couple and family interventions with pregnant women and their partners. © 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Keywords Body dissatisfaction; Couples; Depression; Humanization; Partners; Pregnancy; Self-objectification; Sexual satisfaction
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