Abstract

Objectification involves treating individuals on the basis of their external rather than internal features. This study focused on the continued construction and development of an individual difference measure of men's objectification of women. Our measure was meant to quantify and define the idea of objectification. The first part of this study (Zolot, 2003), completed last year, created the initial item pool of 66 items and a four-factor structure for our measure. In this study we refined our measure based on previous factor analysis and added new items in order to extend and clarify these factors and test ideas about sexual objectification. We investigated the reliability of both the 41 items in our measure and the reliability of our measure over time with a sample of college-aged men. Through this we have produced a 22 item measure with an internal consistency of 0.92 and a test-rest reliability correlation of r (35) = 0.88,p < 0.01, and a condensed 12 item measure with an internal consistency of 0.86 and a test-rest reliability correlation of r (35) = 0.88,p < 0.01. Factor analysis on both of these forms has given us three sub-scales of objectification: internalized sexual objectification, disempathy and commenting about women's bodies, and insulting unattractive women. A proposed test of construct validity is also discussed.

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