Perceived Humanization by Intimate Partners during Pregnancy Is Associated with fewer Depressive Symptoms, Less Body Dissatisfaction, and Greater Sexual Satisfaction through Reduced Self-Objectification

This study was intended to investigate how, during pregnancy, objectification of one’s self by feeling of objectification by one’s partner related to other factors. People objectify themselves less when they are humanized (as opposed to objectified) by their partner. Those who objectified themselves less had lower depression, more body confidence, and women, specifically, had higher sexual satisfaction. A goal of this study was to learn how this looked within couple relationships, and the complex role that objectification of one’s self plays. Interesting, for these pregnant couples, when they objectified themselves less, women were viewed as less depressed by their partner and men were viewed as more depressed by their partner.

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