The development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women: acculturation versus culture clash

Humphry, Tamara A. and Ricciardelli, Lina 2004, The development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women: acculturation versus culture clash, International journal of eating disorders, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 579-588.

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Title The development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women: acculturation versus culture clash
Author(s) Humphry, Tamara A.
Ricciardelli, Lina
Journal name International journal of eating disorders
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 579
End page 588
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0276-3478
1098-108X
Keyword(s) eating pathology
Chinese-Australian women
acculturation
culture clash
Summary Objective
Recent research suggests there has been an increase in the incidence of eating pathology among Asian women residing in the West. Two alternate explanations for the development of this eating pathology have been proposed; acculturation versus culture clash. The current study was designed to further examine the influence of acculturation versus culture clash on the development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women.

Method
Eighty-one Chinese-Australian women completed a questionnaire investigating their level of eating pathology, perceived sociocultural influences to lose weight, parental overprotection and care, self-perceptions of physical appearance, sociability and global self-worth, and the strength of their ethnic identity.

Results
It was found that, overall, low levels of satisfaction with physical appearance, high levels of parental overprotection, and high levels of perceived pressure from best female friends to lose weight predicted greater eating pathology in both acculturated and traditional women. However, acculturated women who perceived higher levels of pressure from their fathers and best male friends to lose weight and traditional women who experienced higher levels of parental care reported the greatest eating pathology.

Discussion
The findings suggest that there are both similarities and differences between the risk factors that correlate with eating pathology between acculturated and traditional women. © 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 35: 579-588, 2004.
Notes Published Online: 15 Apr 2004
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002587

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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