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Body dissatisfaction and eating disturbances in early adolescence: A structural modeling investigation examining negative affect and peer factors

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posted on 02.08.2010, 00:00 authored by Delyse HutchinsonDelyse Hutchinson, R M Rapee, A Taylor
This study tested five proposed models of the relationship of negative affect and peer factors in early adolescent body dissatisfaction, dieting, and bulimic behaviors. A large community sample of girls in early adolescence was assessed via questionnaire (X age = 12.3 years). Structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated that negative affect mediated the relationship between body dissatisfaction and bulimic behaviors. Body dissatisfaction also contributed independently to the concurrent prediction of bulimic behaviors. The proposed pathways from dieting to negative affect and dieting to bulimic behaviors were not supported. However, perceived peer influence, perceived weight-related teasing, and the self-reported eating behaviors of friendship clique members all contributed significantly to the concurrent prediction of individual eating pathology. These findings highlight the importance of negative affect and both perceived and actual peer attitudes and behaviors in early adolescent eating pathology.

History

Journal

Journal of early adolescence

Volume

30

Issue

4

Pagination

489 - 517

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0272-4316

eISSN

1552-5449

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, The Authors