Considering Valence: Improving the Twenty Statements Test (TST) as a Measure of State Self-Objectification and Physical Competence

Data from three separate experiments with women were examined to explore the utility of self-rated valence of statements generated by the TST, a commonly-used measure of state self-objectification. Coder and participant ratings demonstrated moderate agreement and were equally sensitive to priming manipulations. Suggestions for improvement of future research are discussed.