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Risk and protective factors for disturbed eating in adolescent girls: aspects of perfectionism and attitudes to eating and weight
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
2009 (English)In: European eating disorders review, ISSN 1072-4133, E-ISSN 1099-0968, Vol. 17, no 5, 380-389 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to longitudinally examine the role of personal standards, self-evaluation, perceived benefits of thinness and attitudes to eating and weight in the development of healthy versus disturbed eating in adolescent girls. In a longitudinal study, girls who participated in two assessments, four to five years apart, were divided into three groups according to the attitudes to eating that they manifested at the second evaluation: those with disturbed eating patterns (DE-group, n = 49), those with intermediate concerns about eating (IE-group, n = 260) and those with healthy eating attitudes (HE-group, n = 120). Variables concerning attitudes to eating and weight and physical self-evaluation emerged as risk factors, whereas personal standards or self-evaluation in general did not. Protective factors were a low BMI, healthy eating attitudes, an accepting attitude towards body size and a positive self-evaluation, particularly with regard to physical and psychological characteristics. The results of this study contribute to the understanding of early risk and protective factors for eating disturbances in girls.

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2009. Vol. 17, no 5, 380-389 p.
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eating disorders, perfectionism, protective factors, risk factors
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Nursing Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-124828DOI: 10.1002/erv.930ISI: 000269964500007PubMedID: 19378349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-124828DiVA: diva2:318040
Available from: 2010-05-06 Created: 2010-05-06 Last updated: 2011-02-18Bibliographically approved

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