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August 2015 Policy Study, Number 15-7

   

The Impact of Self-Objectification on Political Efficacy: Does Self-Image Affect Feelings of Political Adequacy

   

Appendix

   

 

Materials Presented to Participants

Consent Form

You are invited to participate in a study on the relationship between self-objectification and political efficacy.  This information, when collected, will contribute to a greater understanding of the worth men and women assign to their role in society and may provide insight as to why a greater percentage of men than women serve as elected officials.

 

Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may refuse to answer any question. Clicking on the link below implies that you have been presented with information about this study and consent to take part in the research.

 

The answers you provide will be recorded anonymously and kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.  Your confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. Specifically, no guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet by any third parties.   There are no foreseeable risks to you as a participant in this project.  Your participation is extremely valued, and you will be compensated $.25 for your completion of the survey.

 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us at (319) 273-6047 or christopher.Larimer@uni.edu. If we are not available when you call, please leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this research project, please contact the University of Northern Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) Human Protections Administrator at (319) 273-6148 or by e-mail at osp@uni.edu.

 

Thank you for your help. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

Survey Questions

  1. How old are you?

18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65 or older

 

  1. What is your gender?

Male
Female
Other (If comfortable, please specify):

 

  1. What is your highest level of education?

High school diploma  
Associate’s Degree    
Bachelor’s Degree      
Master’s or Advanced Degree
Doctorate

 

  1. What is your approximate average annual income?

Less than $40,000
$40,000 to $80,000
$80,000 to $120,000
Greater than $120,000

 

  1. Have you ever served in government, whether as an elected official, an appointed position, or as support staff?

Yes
No
5b. If yes, in what capacity? _________________________________________
5c. If yes, what was your experience like on a scale of 1-7, with 1 being very positive and 7 being very negative? ____________________________________________

 

  1. Do you know anyone, whether a family member or close friend, who have ever served in government, whether as an elected official, an appointed position, or as support staff?

Yes
No
6a. If yes, in what capacity? __________________________________________

 

  1. Have you ever contacted an elected official (e.g. mail, email, phone call, etc.)?

Yes
No

 

  1. Are you a:

Registered Democrat
Registered Republican
No Party
Not Registered
Other

 

  1. In terms of political views, do you consider yourself liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between?

Liberal
Moderate leaning liberal
Moderate
Moderate leaning conservative
Conservative

 

  1. How often do you…?

            -compare how you look with other people, including celebrities?
Always
Often
Sometimes
Never


-think about your appearance during the day?
Always
Often
Sometimes
Never

 

            -worry about whether the clothes you wear make you look good?
Always
Often
Sometimes
Never


-worry about how you look to other people?
Always
Often
Sometimes
Never

 

  1. How unhappy would you be…

            -if you did not look as good as you feel you could?
Extremely Unhappy
Very Unhappy
Moderately Unhappy
Not Unhappy


-if you did not make an effort to look your best?
Extremely Unhappy
Very Unhappy
Moderately Unhappy
Not Unhappy


-if people knew how much you weigh?
Extremely Unhappy
Very Unhappy
Moderately Unhappy
Not Unhappy


-if you were not the size you feel you should be?
Extremely Unhappy
Very Unhappy
Moderately Unhappy
Not Unhappy

 

  1. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

-"Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me can't really understand what's going on." 
Agree
Somewhat Agree
Somewhat Disagree
Disagree


-"Public officials don't care much what people like me think." 
Agree
Somewhat Agree
Somewhat Disagree
Disagree


-“People like me don't have any say about what the government does."
Agree
Somewhat Agree
Somewhat Disagree
Disagree

 

Questions Measuring Body Surveillance
-How often do you compare how you look with other people, including celebrities? (compare_others)
-How often do you think about your appearance during the day? (think_appearance)
-How often do you worry about whether the clothes you wear make you look good? (worry_clothes)
-How often do you worry about how you look to other people? (worry_others)

 

Questions Measuring Body Shame
-How unhappy would you be if you did not look as good as you feel you could? (look_good)
-How unhappy would you be if you did not make an effort to look your best? (make_effort)
-How unhappy would you be if people knew how much you weigh? (knew_weight)
-How unhappy would you be if you were not the size you feel you should be? (not_size)

 

Participant Demographics

 

Frequency

Percentage

GENDER

 

 

Female

329

34.7

Male

617

65.1

Other

2

.2

AGE

 

 

18-24

330

34.8

25-34

403

42.5

35-44

131

13.8

45-54

48

5.1

55-64

30

3.2

65 or older

4

.4

HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION

 

 

High School Diploma

343

36.2

Associate’s Degree

131

13.8

Bachelor’s Degree

364

38.4

Master’s or Advanced Degree

90

9.5

Doctorate

17

1.8

AVERAGE ANNUAL INCOME

 

 

Less than $40,000

604

63.7

$40,000 to $80,000

263

27.7

$80,000 to $120,000

54

5.7

Greater than $120,000

25

2.6

 

 

 

   

 

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