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The Relationship Between Disordered Eating and Stress, Class Year, and Figure Dissatisfaction Among College Students
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by Niki James and Mary Pritchard - University of Evansville; Boise State University (Pritchard)
Categories: Abnormal | Personality
Studies have suggested that factors such as gender, age, self-concept, body image, and figure dissatisfaction may be predictors for eating pathologies, particularly in the college environment (Brouwers, 1988; Cooley & Toray, 2001; Kinzl, Traweger, Trefalt, & Biebl, 1998). The current study examined the relationship between disordered eating and age, perceived stress, figure dissatisfaction, and self-concept to assess whether these factors contributed to increased rates of disordered eating in the college population. Results revealed no significant differences between class year and disordered eating. There were significant correlations between disordered eating and self- concept ratings and between disordered eating and figure dissatisfaction. These results may help counselors identify at-risk students more easily to allow for early intervention and prevention programs.