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Type: Journal article
Title: Reasons for exercise and esteem: Men's responses to self-objectification.
Author: Strelan, P.
Hargreaves, D.
Citation: Sex Roles, 2005; 53(7-8):495-503
Publisher: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publ
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0360-0025
1573-2762
Abstract: In this study, we applied the construct of self-objectification to men, specifically to examine the role of reasons for exercise in men's responses to objectification. A questionnaire that assessed self-objectification, reasons for exercise, body esteem, and self-esteem was voluntarily completed by 153 Australian participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years (82 men and a comparison group of 71 women). Self-objectification and appearance-related reasons for exercise were significantly negatively related to body esteem for both men and women. Self-objectification was also positively related to appearance-related reasons for exercise. The latter was found to mediate the relationship between self-objectification and body esteem for both men and women. Men were just as likely as women to exercise for appearance-related reasons. Together, the results suggest that objectification may be sensibly applied to men and that exercising for appearance-related reasons appears to exacerbate the negative impact that self-objectification has on both men's and women's esteem.
RMID: 0020076672
DOI: 10.1007/s11199-005-7137-5
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