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The impact of online dating and self-objectification on mental well-being

Lüke, J.M. (2020) The impact of online dating and self-objectification on mental well-being.

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Abstract:This study aims to investigate if frequent online dating might lead to self-objectifying behaviour and therefore, to lower mental well-being. Body shame and body satisfaction were included as moderators, as these are a part and associated with self-objectification. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to look at the participant’s mental well-being, their frequency of online dating, self-objectification as the mediator and body shame and body satisfaction as moderators. Participants (N =125) were mostly undergraduate students (aged 18 to 54 years, Mage = 23 years, SD = 4,59). A moderated mediation analysis with PROCESS was conducted, but this moderated mediation could not be found. However, it was found that body shame moderated the relation between self-objectification and mental well-being. The results implicate that the frequency of online dating alone might not be a relevant factor that leads to self-objectifying behaviour, but that other moderators could be of interest.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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