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ERIC Number: EJ987147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0022-006X
Longitudinal Association between Childhood Impulsivity and Bulimic Symptoms in African American Adolescent Girls
Bodell, Lindsay P.; Joiner, Thomas E.; Ialongo, Nicholas S.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v80 n2 p313-316 Apr 2012
Objective: Using a longitudinal design, the authors of this study examined the relationship between externalizing problems and impulsivity in early childhood and symptoms of disordered eating in late adolescence. Method: Participants were urban, African American first-grade girls (N = 119) and their parents who were participating in a longitudinal study examining the prevention of disruptive behaviors. Impulsivity, conduct problems, and oppositional defiant behavior were assessed by parent report via structured interview questions. At 9-year follow-up, bulimic symptoms were measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory. A hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to determine the longitudinal association among impulsivity, conduct problems, and oppositional defiant behavior and bulimic symptoms. Results: Parental report of impulsivity in first-grade girls, but not conduct problems or oppositional defiant behavior, was associated with self-reported bulimic symptoms in the girls in late adolescence (p less than 0.04). Conclusions: These results extend previous findings of a concurrent relationship between impulsivity and dysfunctional eating behaviors to a minority sample and further indicate that behavioral impulsivity in early childhood may be used to identify children for targeted prevention of disordered eating. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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