Sierra Hill

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Chong Man Chow

Second Advisor

Stephen D. Jefferson

Third Advisor

Carol Freedman-Doan


The study expands body image research to examine how weight teasing and self-objectification might be related to body image disturbances among adolescent girls (n=l 00). We conceptualize this relationship using a stress-diathesis model. Through this. a stressful event (e.g., peer weight teasing) would internet preexisting vulnerabilities (e.g., self-objectification) to increase body related distress. We examine the girls' reports of peer weight-teasing, self-objectification, eating attitudes and body dissatisfaction and establish relationships between these variables with a regression analysis. Results indicated that greater self-objectification is related to greater body dissatisfaction. No moderating effect of self-objectification was found for the effect of peer weight teasing on either body dissatisfaction or eating pathology.

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