The Objectified Body Consciousness Scale (OBCS)

The Objectified Body Consciousness Scale (OBCS) has 24 items, each using a 7-point likert scale from 1 “Strongly Disagree” to 7 “Strongly Agree.” There are three sub-scales. The Body Shame sub-scale assesses shame felt due to one’s body not fitting society’s expectations.


Nita Mary McKinley
& Janet Shibley Hyde 1996

Reliability and Validity

Body Shame sub-scale internal consistencies a = 0.75 (McKinley & Hyde, 1996), a = 0.78 (Greenleaf & McGreer, 2006) and a = 0.79 (Forbes, Jobe, & Revak, 2006).

Body Shame sub-scale Concurrent validity supported by significant positive correlations between the Body Shame Scale and measures of sedentary individuals with disordered eating (ß= .398, p = .007) and those who are physically active (ß= .252, p = .045) (Greenleaf & McGreer, 2006).

There is a positive correlation of the Body Shame sub-scale with two sub-scales of the Sociocultural Attitudes Toward Appearance Questionnaire-3.  Internalization-General Scale (r = .66, p < .001) and the Internalization-Athletic Scale (r = .21, p < .05).

h2>Administration, Analysis and Reporting

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McKinley, N. M., & Hyde, J. S. (1996). The objectified body consciousness scale: Development and validation. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 20, 181-215.

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