The effects of a body-focused physical and health education module on self-objectification and social physique anxiety in Irish girls

O’Brien, Jacinta, Martin Ginis, Kathleen A. and Kirk, David (2008) The effects of a body-focused physical and health education module on self-objectification and social physique anxiety in Irish girls. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 27 1: 116-126.


Author O’Brien, Jacinta
Martin Ginis, Kathleen A.
Kirk, David
Title The effects of a body-focused physical and health education module on self-objectification and social physique anxiety in Irish girls
Journal name Journal of Teaching in Physical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0273-5024
1543-2769
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 116
End page 126
Total pages 11
Place of publication Champaign IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an 8-week body-focused physical and health education module on self-objectification and social physique anxiety (SPA) in a sample of 85 Irish schoolgirls. Classrooms were randomly assigned to receive the experimental module or the standard curriculum. Participants completed pre- and postassessments of the value they placed on objectifying and nonobjectifying physical attributes, along with a measure of SPA. Girls in the experimental condition increased the value they placed on physical health and strength, decreased the value they placed on sex appeal, and showed no change in SPA. Girls in the control condition decreased the value they placed on body weight and physical fitness and experienced a significant increase in SPA. These results suggest that a body-focused module can decrease self-objectification and prevent developmentally linked increases in SPA.
Keyword Body image
Girl-friendly physical education
Pedagogy
Physical education
Psychological wellbeing
Sports Education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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