Performance and flow: a review and integration of self-objectification research

Diane M Quinn, Stephenie R. Chaudoir, Rachel W. Kallen

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In this chapter, we first consider the implications of objectification theory for performance outcomes and review evidence supporting Fredrickson and Roberts’s (1997) original claim that self-objectification usurps cognitive resources. We then discuss evidence to support three different reasons why self-objectification can be detrimental to performance. Finally, we draw on insights from the self-regulation literature (Carver & Scheier, 1998) to examine how these processes can be conceptualized within a single, parsimonious framework. We provide evidence from some of our most recent work to support this new framework and discuss how it can highlight useful new directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf-objectification in women
Subtitle of host publicationcauses, consequences, and counteractions
EditorsRachel M. Calagero, Stacey Tantleleff-Dunn, J. Kevin Thompson
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781433807985
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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