Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 1–2, pp 6–17

Here’s Looking at You: Self-Objectification, Body Image Disturbance, and Sorority Rush

  • Ashley Marie Rolnik
  • Renee Engeln-Maddox
  • Steven A. Miller
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-010-9745-y

Cite this article as:
Rolnik, A.M., Engeln-Maddox, R. & Miller, S.A. Sex Roles (2010) 63: 6. doi:10.1007/s11199-010-9745-y


This study investigated the impact of sorority rush on self-objectification and body image disturbance. First-year undergraduate women either participating (n = 68) or not participating (n = 59) in sorority rush at a U.S. Midwestern university completed online surveys at four time points. It was predicted that rush participation would lead to increases in self-objectification, which in turn would lead to increases in body shame and eating disordered behavior and attitudes. Results supported predictions based on objectification theory at a single time point, but not longitudinally. Rush participants evidenced higher levels of self-objectification and eating disordered behavior at all time points. Body mass index predicted dropping out of the rush process and was negatively correlated with satisfaction with the rush process.


Body shame Objectification theory Sexual objectification Sororities Eating disorders 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley Marie Rolnik
    • 1
    • 3
  • Renee Engeln-Maddox
    • 1
  • Steven A. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PsychologyArgosy UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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