Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Psychology: School Psychology
Matthew . Hesson-McInnis
The primary purpose of this research was to develop a psychometric for slut shaming that would serve as a reliable and valid measure. The secondary purpose was to look at the relation between slut shaming and sexual objectification as it pertains to gender and race. Participants (n = 200) were recruited using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) and asked to complete survey questions. Research analyses found the Slut Shaming Scale to be a reliable and valid measure without having to exclude any of the original items on the psychometric. Additional analyses showed that men reported victim blaming significantly more often than women, though there were not significant differences across race. Correlation analyses revealed a positive correlation between men’s and women’s slut shaming behaviors and their sexually objectifying experiences, a positive correlation between men’s and women’s slut shaming beliefs and experiences being the victim, a positive correlation between men’s and women’s slut shaming behaviors and their experiences being the victim, and a positive correlation between men’s and women’s victim blaming and experiences being the victim of slut shaming. Results also indicated that women experience sexual objectification more often than men. Limitations and future research directions are discussed.
Whitaker, Christina M., "Prominence of Slut Shaming Connected with Sexual Objectification: Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Will Be Sluts" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1191.