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Objects lack subjectivity A mediational model of risky sex in college-aged 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 562 women, of which 503 were sexually active and 59 were not sexually active. I predicted that women high in self-objectification would be more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than women low in self-objectification. I also predicted that a lack of sexual subjectivity would mediate the relationship between self-objectification and risky sexual behavior. Multiple regression analyses assessed (1) the main effect of self-objectification and (2) whether sexual subjectivity mediated the relationship between self-objectification and risky sexual behavior; Sobel tests assessed the significance of indirect effects in the mediation models. Self-objectification was significantly related to two dimensions of sexual subjectivity: sexual body esteem and efficacy at achieving pleasure. Sexual self-reflection mediated the relationship between self-surveillance and risky sexual behavior. Results suggest that targeted interventions could be useful reducing self-objectification and risky sexual behavior, as well as an increasing women's sense of sexual subjectivity, thereby improving the sexual health of women.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work