Self-image and eating disorder symptoms in normal and clinical adolescents
2014 (English)In: Eating Behaviors, ISSN 1471-0153, E-ISSN 1873-7358, Vol. 15, no 1, 125-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Eating disorders (ED) are psychiatric disorders of multifactorial origin, predominantly appearing in adolescence. Negative self-image is identified as risk factor, but the association between self-image and ED in adolescents or sex differences regarding such associations remains unclear. The study aimed to investigate the relationship between specific self-image aspects and ED symptoms in normal and clinical adolescents, including sex differences. Participants included 855 ED patients (girls = 813, boys = 42) and 482 normal adolescents (girls = 238, boys = 244), 13-15 years. Stepwise regression demonstrated strong associations between self-image and ED in normal adolescents (girls: R-2 = .31, boys: R-2 = .08), and stronger associations in patients (girls: R-2 = .64, boys: R-2 = .69). Qualitative sex differences were observed in patients. Connections between specific self-image aspects and ED have implications for clinical management of ED. The strong link between self-image variables and ED symptoms in normal girls, but not boys, is discussed in terms of the continuity-discontinuity hypothesis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 15, no 1, 125-131 p.
Adolescents, Eating disorder, SASB, Self-image, Gender differences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220822DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.11.008ISI: 000331025900026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220822DiVA: diva2:706456