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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





In understanding the internalization of the objectification of the human body by those experiencing the phenomenon of self-objectification, as well as the negative consequences associated with this effect, it is possible that individuals experiencing different levels of self-objectification could have an altered view of their perceived importance in the political system, in turn affecting their personal political efficacy level. Based on the negative consequences of self-objectification, the hypothesis for this research is as follows: Higher rates of self-objectification, using the measures of body surveillance and body shame, are associated with lower levels of both internal and external political efficacy.




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