ERIC Number: ED295103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-29
Reference Count: 0
The Vulnerability of Female Body Image to Weight Related Feedback.
Mori, DeAnna L.; Morey, Leslie
A central component of anorexia nervosa is a body image disturbance (BID). BID, as it is experienced in anorexia nervosa, is defined as an inability to recognize how thin one really is and is exhibited by a sense of feeling overweight in spite of severe emaciation. Several researchers have recognized a relationship between depressive personality traits and a negative body image. This study was conducted to investigate whether there exists a predispositional link between feelings of depression and the onset of BID. Female college students (N=110) with different levels of depression were asked to estimate their body size after being given feedback that they either weighed three percent more or less than they actually did. As predicted, females who had personality traits of depression had a body image that was more vulnerable to the external feedback than did their less depressed counterparts. The external feedback in the study was designed to simulate a possible mechanism that underlies the societal messages American females are constantly confronted with about their weight. The results can aid in understanding the etiology of body image disturbance and offer important implications for the treatment and prevention of BID and anorexia nervosa. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).