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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

18

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 1-5

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2012

Abstract

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.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Keyword

sexual victimization; college; body shame; rape; women; self-esteem

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

5 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 18 no. 1 2012

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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