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Even objects take risks A model of self-objectification and risky sex in college women

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Description: The current research assessed the relationship between self-objectification, sexual subjectivity, and risky sexual behavior in college-aged women. Participants consisted of 101 women, of whom 60 were sexually active and 41 were not sexually active. It was expected that women who report high levels of self-objectification would be more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than women who report lower levels of self-objectification. In addition, it was predicted that sexual subjectivity mediated the relationship between self-objectification and risky sexual behavior. Multiple regression analyses assessed the main effect of self-objectification, as well as whether sexual subjectivity mediated the relationship between self-objectification and risky sexual behavior. Sobel tests were utilized to assess the significance of indirect effects in the mediation models. The results of this study failed to indicate full mediation in our model. While self-objectification predicted risky sexual behaviors, sexual subjectivity did not mediate this relationship. These results are likely due to the fact that nearly half of our sample was not sexually active, and it is expected that this model may achieve significance in samples with more diverse sexual experiences.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work