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ERIC Number: EJ891552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1328-4207
Universal School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention: Benefits to Both High- and Low-Risk Participants on the Core Cognitive Feature of Eating Disorders
Wilksch, Simon M.
Clinical Psychologist, v14 n2 p62-69 Jul 2010
The objective of this study was to explore two aspects not investigated in a 2.5-year controlled evaluation of an 8-lesson media literacy program. First, the impact of the program on over-evaluation of shape and weight. Second, an examination of the program effects by participant baseline risk of developing an eating disorder. Grade 8 students (N = 540, mean age = 13.62 years) were assessed at baseline, post-program, 6-month, and 2.5-year follow-up. Controlling for baseline observations, linear mixed model analyses revealed a main effect for group, favouring media literacy, and a group x risk interaction, where high-risk media literacy participants had significantly lower over-evaluation scores than high-risk control participants. Both high-risk media literacy girls and boys, and low-risk media literacy girls scored significantly lower at 2.5-year follow-up than controls. Media literacy can have a lasting, beneficial impact in reducing the core cognitive component of eating disorders in both high- and low-risk young adolescents. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia