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

Humphry, Tamara and Ricciardelli, Lina 2003, The development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women: acculturation versus culture clash, in APS 2003 : Development through diversity : Proceedings of the 38th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Melbourne Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 93-97.

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Title The development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women: acculturation versus culture clash
Author(s) Humphry, Tamara
Ricciardelli, Lina
Conference name Australian Psychological Society. Conference (38th : 2003 : Perth, W.A.)
Conference location Perth, W.A.
Conference dates 2 - 5 October 2003
Title of proceedings APS 2003 : Development through diversity : Proceedings of the 38th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference
Editor(s) Katsikitis, Mary
Publication date 2003
Conference series Australian Psychological Society Conference
Start page 93
End page 97
Publisher Melbourne Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary 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 present study was designed to further examine the influence of acculturation versus culture clash on the development of eating pathology in Chinese-Australian women. Eighty-one Chinese-Australian women completed a questionnaire investigating their level of eating pathology, perceived sociocultural influences to lose weight, parental overprotection and care, selfperceptions of physical appearance, sociability and global self worth, and the strength of their ethnic identity. 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. The findings suggest that there are both similarities and differences between the risk factors that correlate with the eating pathology among acculturated and traditional women.
ISBN 0909881235
9780909881238
Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005230

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