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The Effect of Paternal Relationships on Adolescent Girls’ Self-Objectification

Abstract

In today’s society, women suffer from persistent objectification of the female body in the media and everyday interactions. This constant objectification leads women to self-objectify by adopting a third-person perspective of their body. While the effects of mother-daughter relationships on self-objectification have been studied, there is minimal research examining the effects of father-daughter relationships on self-objectification. We examine the effects of both paternal closeness and paternal benevolent sexism on adolescent girls’ self-objectification. Paternal closeness has been shown to protect women against self-objectification. However, paternal benevolent sexism reinforces the idea that women are incapable of taking care of themselves, which may contribute to their self-objectification. Our research aims to highlight the importance of a healthy father-daughter relationship during adolescent identity formation by examining the potentially harmful effects of benevolent sexism on daughters’ levels of self-objectification.

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Erin Pahlke

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The Effect of Paternal Relationships on Adolescent Girls’ Self-Objectification

Reid G02

In today’s society, women suffer from persistent objectification of the female body in the media and everyday interactions. This constant objectification leads women to self-objectify by adopting a third-person perspective of their body. While the effects of mother-daughter relationships on self-objectification have been studied, there is minimal research examining the effects of father-daughter relationships on self-objectification. We examine the effects of both paternal closeness and paternal benevolent sexism on adolescent girls’ self-objectification. Paternal closeness has been shown to protect women against self-objectification. However, paternal benevolent sexism reinforces the idea that women are incapable of taking care of themselves, which may contribute to their self-objectification. Our research aims to highlight the importance of a healthy father-daughter relationship during adolescent identity formation by examining the potentially harmful effects of benevolent sexism on daughters’ levels of self-objectification.

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