Title Self-fulfilling objectification in relationships: The effects of men's objectifying expectations on women's self-objectification during conflict in romantic relationships
Authors Riemer, Abigail R., SAEZ DÍAZ, GEMMA, Brock, Rebecca, Gervais, Sarah J., SAEZ DÍAZ, GEMMA
External publication No
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 3
SJR Quartile 1
Area International
Publication date 01/01/2020
ISI 000545400100001
DOI 10.1080/15298868.2020.1778518
Abstract Interpersonal objectification shapes women's sense of self, increasing self-objectification. While objectification is theorized to occur with consequences for self-objectification in romantic relationships, little research has examined this possibility. This experiment sampled 61 heterosexual couples to examine effects of objectification in relationships. Men focused on their partner's appearance, or her as a person, before interacting with her. Although men in the appearance-focus condition did not self-report objectifying or dehumanizing their partner more than men in the personality-focus condition, women whose partner was in the appearance-focus condition reported higher levels of self-objectification relative to women whose partner was in the personality-focus condition. Discussion centers on the nature of objectification in relationships and the role of partners in determining women's sense of self.
Keywords Sexual objectification; self-objectification; romantic relationships; mixed-sex dyads; dehumanization
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