Sex-role traits and the comorbidity of symptoms of disordered eating and problem drinking

Williams, Robert J. and Ricciardelli, Lina 2001, Sex-role traits and the comorbidity of symptoms of disordered eating and problem drinking, Eating behaviours, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring, pp. 67-77.

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Title Sex-role traits and the comorbidity of symptoms of disordered eating and problem drinking
Author(s) Williams, Robert J.
Ricciardelli, Lina
Journal name Eating behaviours
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 67
End page 77
Publisher Elsevier Science BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1471-0153
1873-7358
Keyword(s) comorbidity
disordered eating and drinking
sex roles
Summary The symptoms of problem drinking and disordered eating were studied independently in relation to sex-role traits and also for evidence of comorbidity in a student sample of 217 women. The participants completed surveys that assessed positive and negative sex-role traits, reported drinking levels, alcohol dependence, problem drinking, bulimic symptoms, dietary restraint, and drive for thinness. Eating symptoms were related to both the negative and positive traits of Femininity, but self-descriptions involving negative traits (passivity, dependence, unassertiveness, etc.) showed the strongest relationship. High scores on identification with the traits typically labelled as Masculinity were related to drinking but there was an important difference between drinking per se (which was related to Positive Masculinity) and drinking found to be associated with drinking problems, which was related to Negative Masculinity (aggression, showing-off, rudeness, etc.). Feminine traits were also related to drinking. Low identification with the traits of Negative Femininity was associated with non-problem drinking, whereas low identification with the traits of Positive Femininity were associated with problem-related drinking. Young women who displayed comorbid symptoms described themselves by a high identification with the traits of both Negative Masculinity and Negative Femininity. It was argued that comorbidity reveals a more extreme form of the sex-role conflict previously described in relation to disordered control over both eating and drinking when considered independently.
Notes Available online 9 April 2001.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Elsevier Science
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008403

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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