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ERIC Number: EJ972338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0095-7984
The Relationship between Maladaptive Eating Behaviors and Racial Identity among African American Women in College
Flowers, Kelci C.; Levesque, Maurice J.; Fischer, Sarah
Journal of Black Psychology, v38 n3 p290-312 Aug 2012
Research on eating disorders has shown that European American women suffer from eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction more than African American women. However, recent meta-analyses suggest these differences may be decreasing and that some African American women may be particularly susceptible to body dissatisfaction and eating disorder symptoms. The present study investigated the relationship between racial identity, body image, and eating behaviors among African American women in college. Participants (n = 85, M[subscript age] = 20.44 years) completed self-report measures of body image, eating behaviors, and racial identity. Results revealed that self-hatred of African American group membership was associated with many negative psychological outcomes. Furthermore, body image dissatisfaction mediated the relationship between self-hatred and maladaptive eating behaviors. Results are discussed in terms of the risk factors that may lead to the development of eating disorder symptoms among African American women. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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