Title

A Measure of Objectified Body Consciousness for Preadolescent and Adolescent Youth

Publication Date

3-1-2006

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Objectified body consciousness (OBC)-the tendency to view oneself as an object to be looked at and evaluated by others-has received recent attention as a possible vulnerability factor for depression and disordered eating. Although OBC generally is discussed in developmental terms, extant research has examined primarily the experiences of undergraduates and adults. Our goal in this study was to develop an age-appropriate measure to allow study of OBC development during preadolescence and adolescence. We modeled the OBC-Youth after McKinley and Hyde's (1996) OBC-Classic to measure three components of OBC: body surveillance, body shame, and appearance control beliefs. The 14-item scale contains modified vocabulary and syntax to make it appropriate for use with preadolescent and adolescent youth. Results indicate that the OBC-Youth scale is a reliable, valid Measure of OBC. initial findings about the correlates of OBC in preadolescence are discussed.

Publication Title

Psychology Of Women Quarterly

Volume

30

Issue

1

First Page

65

Last Page

76

DOI

10.1111/j.1471-6402.2006.00263.x

Version

pre-print, post-print with embargo

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