objectification theory, dancers, disordered eating
This study tested a model of objectification theory proposed by Fredrickson and Roberts (1997) as it applies to disordered eating in a sample of dancers and non-dancers. The methods in this study are based on a previous test of objectification theory done by Tiggeman and Slater (2001). Two samples of participants were given a survey to measure self-objectification and its anticipated consequences. The first sample included 155 women who participated in either ballet, modern, jazz, or hip-hop dance. The second sample included 199 women enrolled in undergraduate classes at the University of Central Florida during the fall semester of 2004. Participants in the two samples did not score differently on the measure of self-objectification. However, dancers scored significantly higher on the self-surveillance, body shame, appearance anxiety, flow, awareness of internal body states, and disordered eating measures than the non-dancers. None of the proposed mediating variables were found to mediate the relationship between self-objectification and disordered eating in either sample.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Duesterhaus, Megan, "When Life Really Is A Stage: A Test Of Objectification Theory Using Dancers And Non-dancers" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 309.