Prediction of disturbed eating attitudes in adolescent girls: A 3-year longitudinal study of eating patterns, self-esteem and coping
2008 (English)In: Eating and Weight Disorders, ISSN 1124-4909, Vol. 13, no 2, 87-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to examine the extent to which yearly assessments of eating patterns and attitudes, self-esteem and coping strategies over a 3-year period among adolescent girls predicted the degree of disturbed eating attitudes at the year 3-assessment. Our main hypothesis was that such attitudes year 3 would be predicted by eating attitudes, restrained, emotional, and external eating behaviour, as well as by low self-esteem and coping by acting out or avoidance. METHOD: Three-hundred and seventy-eight Swedish adolescent girls were assessed once a year for three years. RESULTS: The results suggest that eating patterns and attitudes were the strongest predictors of disturbed eating attitudes year 3. Self-esteem and coping had a limited predictive value for eating attitudes year 3, and the effect of self-esteem appeared to be mediated by coping. DISCUSSION: The results suggest that early eating patterns (e.g., more disturbed eating attitudes and restrained eating behaviors) and attitudes are potentially important predictors for the development of more serious eating disturbances among adolescent girls.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 13, no 2, 87-94 p.
Prediction, eating attitudes, longitudinal design, adolescents
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-107838ISI: 000260091700005PubMedID: 18612257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-107838DiVA: diva2:233302