Effects of exposure to objectified male and female media images on men's psychological well-being

Philip Jai Johnson, Donald R. McCreary, Jennifer S. Mills

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of viewing media-portrayed, objectified male and female images on the body image and psychological well-being of university men. Ninety male university students completed the muscularity attitudes subscale from the Drive for Muscularity Scale (McCreary & Sasse, 2000) and the Affect Rating Scale (Atkinson & Polivy, 1976). The results demonstrated that although there were no significant effects of the images on men's body image, men who were exposed to female objectified images endorsed greater levels of anxiety and hostility than those exposed to objectified male or neutral media images. Methodological limitations, as well as implications of the results for understanding the relationship between objectified media images and men's psychological well-being, are discussed. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Gender
  • Hostility
  • Males
  • Media images
  • Mood
  • Muscularity

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