According to Fredrickson and Roberts (1997), the social act of sexual objectification leads to self-objectification. Surveillance, Body Shaming, Control belief regarding appearance are the result of a phenomenon which is termed as self- objectification. Females are viewed as sex objects by males and society in general, according to the sexual objectification theory. Adolescents nowadays are overly obsessed with their physical appearance and lose sight of their inner abilities. They are extremely concerned with their physical appearance and believe that they have influence over it. Self Objectification is especially true for women, who are nurtured in a society that places an excessive emphasis on feminine attractiveness. The Aim of the study was to assess the level of Self Objectification among 300 adolescent school going girls. The Objectified Body Consciousness Scale, developed by McKinley, N.M., and Hyde, J.S. (1996), was used to assess the extent of self-objectification. Surveillance (viewing the body as an outside observer), body shaming (feeling shame when the body doesn’t adjust), and appearance control belief are the subscales used in the Objectified Body Consciousness scale. The Body Surveillance score on these three subscales was used to calculate the Self Objectification score. The second objective was to see if there is any correlation between self-objectification and the academic performance of Adolescent girls of Uttar Pradesh.
KEYWORDS: Sexual Objectification, Self Objectification, Objectification, Academic Achievement, Adolescent Girls.