Self-Objectification, Body Esteem and Reasons for Exercise among Early Adults

Author: Qurat-ul-Ain Alam

Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The research intended to explore the relationship between self objectification, body esteem and reason for exercise among early adults,
visiting fitness centers. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a
relationship between self-objectification, body esteem and reason for
exercise. Sample (N = 100 adults, 50 male and 50 female) comprised of
early adults with age range from 20 to 22 years, visiting fitness centers of
Lahore. Self-Objectification Questionnaire (Noll & Fredrickson, 1998),
Body Esteem Scale for Adolescents and Adults (Mendelson, Mendelson,
& White, 2001), and Reasons for Exercise Inventory (Silberstein et al.,
1988) was used to collect the data. Results revealed that self objectification was positively correlated with body esteem and reason for
exercise whereas self-objectification was found a significant predictor of
body esteem and reason for exercise. The results were compared and
discussed in the light of indigenous and western researches.

Keywords: Self- Objectification, Body Esteem, Exercise.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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