Self-objectification, Perfectionism and Eating Behaviors in Adolescents

Thesis Title: Self-objectification, Perfectionism and Eating Behaviors in Adolescents

Author: Warda Gull

Supervisor: Rafia Rafique

Year: 2017

Degree: M.Sc.

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

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


The present research was conducted to explore the mediating role of perfectionism between self-objectification and eating behaviors. A correlational research design was used in the current study. Total 200 adolescents (n = 100 boys, n = 100 girls) were selected from different schools and colleges of Lahore with an age ranging 13-19 years (M = 15.82, SD = 1.72). Self-objectification Questionnaire (Noll & Fredrickson, 1998) was used to measure self-objectification, The Almost Perfect Scale (Revised short form) developed by Slaney, Mobley, Trippi, and Ashby (1996) was used to measure perfection and eating behaviors were assessed by The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) developed by Garner, Olmstead, Bohr, and Garfinkel (1982). The data was analyzed by employing Pearson product Moment Correlation Analysis and Structural Equation Model Analysis (SEM). Results showed that higher self-objectification in adolescents were related to unhealthy eating behaviors. Further, the subscales of order and discrepancy in perfectionism mediated the relationship between self-objectification and eating behaviors; highlighting those adolescents, who viewed themselves from a third person’s perspective, and behaved in orderly and organized way were dissatisfied with their performance in life and developed unhealthy eating behaviors. The study holds implications suggesting that counseling can be provided to adolescent boys and girls to avoid self-objectification and develop healthy eating behaviors that can eventually enhance their overall quality of life (QoL).

Keywords: Self-objectification, perfectionism, eating behaviors.

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