ERIC Number: EJ951191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
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Reference Count: 55
Psychosocial Correlates of Shape and Weight Concerns in Overweight Pre-Adolescents
Sinton, Meghan M.; Goldschmidt, Andrea B.; Aspen, Vandana; Theim, Kelly R.; Stein, Richard I.; Saelens, Brian E.; Epstein, Leonard H.; Wilfley, Denise E.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v41 n1 p67-75 Jan 2012
Shape and weight concerns among overweight pre-adolescents heighten risk for eating disorders and weight gain. Treatment and prevention efforts require consideration of psychosocial factors that co-occur with these concerns. This study involved 200 overweight pre-adolescents, aged 7-12 years (M age = 9.8; SD = 1.4), presenting for family-based weight control treatment. Hierarchical regression was used to examine the influence of pre-adolescents' individual characteristics and social experiences, and their parents' psychological symptoms, on shape and weight concerns as assessed by the Child Eating Disorder Examination. Findings revealed that higher levels of dietary restraint, greater feelings of loneliness, elevated experiences with weight-related teasing, and higher levels of parents' eating disorder symptoms predicted higher shape and weight concerns among overweight pre-adolescents. Interventions addressing overweight pre-adolescents' disordered eating behaviors and social functioning, as well as their parents' disordered eating behaviors and attitudes, may be indicated for those endorsing shape and weight concerns.
Descriptors: Obesity, Individual Characteristics, Prevention, Eating Disorders, Children, Parent Attitudes, Outcomes of Treatment, Predictor Variables, Intervention, Behavior Modification, Student Attitudes, Social Development, Individual Development, Regression (Statistics), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Risk, Correlation, Social Studies
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