Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
We examined body shame of college women based on the type of sexual victimization experience. Participants were 278 women from a mid-sized public university. They completed the Body Shame subscale (BSS) of the Objectified Body Consciousness Scale (OBCS; McKinley & Hyde; 1996) and the Sexual Experiences Survey (SES; Koss, Gidycz, & Wisniewski, 1987). As predicted, women who indicated that they were raped and women who indicated noncompleted victimization (did not involve penetration) had higher body shame scores than women who reported no victimization experience. Unexpectedly, women who reported sexual coercion did not differ from women with no victimization and there were no other significant differences between the victimization groups. Results imply that rape may tend to be most traumatic and lead to the greatest increase in body shame. However, this does not appear to be due to the act of penetration itself Perhaps women who have been sexually coerced do not identifi their experiences as such.
BF1 .M63 v. 18 no. 1 2012
Carcireiri, Ava T. and Osman, Suzanne L.
"Examing body shame of college women by type of sexual victimization,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 18
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol18/iss1/2