Gender differences in appearance concern correlating between self-esteem

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Authors
McSweeney, Florica
Issue Date
2012
Degree
BA (Hons) in Social Science
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
This present research focuses on the effect that self-objectification has towards males and female college students in Dublin, Ireland, and examines whether or not self-esteem correlates with self-objectification. Information was collected by using a quantitative method approach and by using a non-experimental, correlational design. A questionnaire was set out, combined with questions relating to age and the sex and two measures were set out in the style of questionnaires, The Objectified Body Consciousness Scale and The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Participants were gathered outside college hours but on college campuses, so permission was not necessary. Participants included 99 males and 100 female samples, aged from 18-25. The findings of this research showed that there was a significant difference found for male and female college students regarding appearance concern. It also found a positive correlation between female college students regarding body surveillance and self-esteem. In summary, these results suggest that females are just as expected to be body conscious which lowers their self-esteem, and that male college students have become more concerned with their appearance and related to works, focus on their appearance and therefore, have higher self-esteem opposed to females. Author keywords: Self-objectification, body image, self-esteem