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Type: Journal article
Title: Birds of a feather flock together: the interpersonal process of objectification within intimate heterosexual relationships
Author: Strelan, P.
Pagoudis, S.
Citation: Sex Roles: a journal of research, 2018; 79(1-2):72-82
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0360-0025
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Peter Strelan, Stephenie Pagoudis
Abstract: On the basis that objectification is a self-perpetuating phenomenon, we tested two new hypotheses about the role of objectification within ongoing, intimate heterosexual relationships. First, individuals who self-objectify and objectify others tend to have partners who also self-objectify and objectify others. Second, objectification within relationships is associated with reduced relationship quality. Furthermore, rather than relying on the perspective of only one dyad member, we applied the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM: Kenny et al. 2006) as a framework for hypothesis testing. That is, we collected data from both partners within the relationship on the same variables (n = 59 heterosexual couples). We found support for both hypotheses, but negligible evidence of gender differences in relations between self-objectification, objectification, and relationship quality. Finally, we applied the APIM to replicate previous research on relations among self-objectification, objectification of partner, and body- and self-esteem. Self-objectification and objectification of partner was unrelated to body esteem for both men and women. Self-objectification was associated with reduced self-esteem, irrespective of gender, but objectification of partner was not associated with partner’s self-esteem.
Keywords: Self-objectification; objectification; relationship quality; romantic relationships; body esteem; self-esteem; dyadic data analysis; APIM
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s11199-017-0851-y
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