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Eating disorders, adolescent girls, childhood development, biology, body image


Biology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The nature of eating disorders was examined using self-reported data from 114 seventh and eighth grade girls. It was hypothesized that body dissatisfaction, poor interoceptive awareness, pubertal development and the family characteristics of lower cohesion, organization, and expressiveness are predictors of risk for eating disorders in adolescent girls, as measured by three subscales of the Eating Attitudes Test-26. Through the use of multiple regression, high family organization, body dissatisfaction, and low interoceptive awareness were significant predictors of eating disorders whereas family cohesion and expressiveness, and level of pubertal development were not significantly predictive of eating disorders. Implications and future areas of research are discussed.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status