ERIC Number: EJ785203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Body Dissatisfaction, Living Away from Parents, and Poor Social Adjustment Predict Binge Eating Symptoms in Young Women Making the Transition to University
Barker, Erin T.; Galambos, Nancy L.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n7 p904-911 Oct 2007
The current study explored how body dissatisfaction and challenges associated with the transition to university predicted symptoms of binge eating. Participants were 101 female full-time first-year university students (M=18.3 years of age; SD=0.50) who completed a background questionnaire and a web-based daily checklist assessing binge eating. Hierarchical Generalized Linear Modeling results showed that participants who were more dissatisfied with their bodies were three times as likely to report symptoms of binge eating compared to participants who were less dissatisfied. Participants who lived away from home were three times as likely to report symptoms of binge eating compared to participants living with parents. Finally, poor perceived social adjustment to the university context was associated with an increased likelihood of binge eating. Discussion calls for more research exploring the role that university challenges and adjustment play in predicting eating problems.
Descriptors: Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Eating Disorders, Social Adjustment, Emotional Disturbances, Etiology, Self Concept, College Freshmen, Questionnaires, Student Adjustment, Prediction, Role, Check Lists, Females
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