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AN EXPLORATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUNG WOMEN'S BODY ESTEEM, STIGMA CONSCIOUSNESS, AND AMBIVALENT SEXISM

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2019
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This thesis seeks to explore how young women's body esteem is influenced by their beliefs about ambivalent sexism and stigma consciousness. In this study, a sample of 168 undergraduate female students at the University of Central Florida were asked to complete an online battery containing six psychological measures. The measures in this study included measures of body esteem and objectified body consciousness, perception and attitudes toward sexism, experiences with sexist events, and stigma consciousness. The results showed an association between higher body esteem and higher beliefs in benevolent sexism, and no relationship was found between hostile sexism and body esteem. As expected, body consciousness was positively correlated with stigma consciousness and women who experienced more sexist events had higher stigma consciousness. Additionally, regression models predicting body esteem based on hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, and stigma consciousness were only significant for benevolent sexism. These findings suggest further research to explore body esteem in relation to sexism and stigma consciousness. The results of this study can help highlight the importance of a cultural context when addressing female body esteem issues.
Title: AN EXPLORATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUNG WOMEN'S BODY ESTEEM, STIGMA CONSCIOUSNESS, AND AMBIVALENT SEXISM.
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Name(s): Uribe, Manuela, Author
Modianos, Doan T., Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis seeks to explore how young women's body esteem is influenced by their beliefs about ambivalent sexism and stigma consciousness. In this study, a sample of 168 undergraduate female students at the University of Central Florida were asked to complete an online battery containing six psychological measures. The measures in this study included measures of body esteem and objectified body consciousness, perception and attitudes toward sexism, experiences with sexist events, and stigma consciousness. The results showed an association between higher body esteem and higher beliefs in benevolent sexism, and no relationship was found between hostile sexism and body esteem. As expected, body consciousness was positively correlated with stigma consciousness and women who experienced more sexist events had higher stigma consciousness. Additionally, regression models predicting body esteem based on hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, and stigma consciousness were only significant for benevolent sexism. These findings suggest further research to explore body esteem in relation to sexism and stigma consciousness. The results of this study can help highlight the importance of a cultural context when addressing female body esteem issues.
Identifier: CFH2000555 (IID), ucf:45695 (fedora)
Note(s): 2019-08-01
B.S.
College of Sciences, Psychology
Bachelors
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Subject(s): Female Body Esteem
Stigma Consciousness
Ambivalent Sexism
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH2000555
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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