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Effects of Yoga on self-Objectification in Adolescent Girls

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Start Date 09/01/2006
End Date 06/30/2007
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM
Keywords Objectification

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Faculty
  Gwen Lupfer

Student Researchers
  Desire Shepler

Abstract

Objectification theory postulates that women exist in a cultural milieu of sexual messages that serves to socialize women and girls to view themselves as objects to be examined by others (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997).  As a result girls and women internalize an observer's perspective of themselves, concentrating on how they look at the expense of being aware of how they feel, an effect termed self-objectification.  Self-objectification exists in two forms: trait self-objectification, relatively stable individual differences in self-objectification; and state self-objectification, which can be triggered and amplified by specific situations (Fredrickson, Roberts, Noll & Twenge, 1998).  Adolescence is the time when the negative consequences of self-objectification, including body shame (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997), are first seen in young women.  Yoga is a mind-body exercise which emphasizes awareness of internal states at the expense of awareness of outward appearance.  In a study examining the effects of yoga, body awareness and self-objectification, Daubenmier (2005) found in a sample of women age 18-87 that more hours a week of yoga participation was associated with less self-objectification and greater body satisfaction.  Participation in yoga could serve to adolescent females as protection from internalization of observers-perspective and therefore, the negative repercussions of self-objectification.

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