ERIC Number: ED329834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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Disordered Eating and Decreased Parental Attention during Adolescence to Female Academic Achievement.
Horend, Isabel; Perdue, Lauren
The hypothesis that women with eating disorders are ambivalent about being female has not been directly tested, but a great deal of evidence has been found in support of the relationship between achievement, body preferences, and disordered eating. Three hundred and one women attending the State University at New York, Stony Brook were surveyed about their eating, and the attitudes and behaviors of their parents. Frequent bingers reported a greater decrease in paternal concern with their academic achievement during adolescence than did other women. No significant differences were found in analyses of maternal concern with academic achievement during childhood and adolescence or in analyses comparing women who reported purging with non-purging women. The results of this study are best explained by the theory that disordered eating is produced among those women who attempt to gain self-respect and the respect of others through achieving intellectually and professionally, and who come to feel that in our society being female puts them at a disadvantage in these areas. (24 references) (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).