Investigation of a model of weight restricting behaviour amongst adolescent girls

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Donovan, Caroline L.
Spence, Susan H.
Sheffield, Jeanie K.
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2006
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Objective This study examined the validity of a model predicting weight restricting behaviour both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Method Participants comprised 1207 girls aged from 12 to 14 years. The girls completed self-report questionnaires at three time points over 1-year intervals. Results The cross-sectional results suggested that weight preoccupation and body dissatisfaction directly predicted weight restricting behaviour. In addition, upset induced by teasing, depressive symptoms, BMI and negative attributional style demonstrated indirect effects on weight restricting behaviour through their effects on body dissatisfaction and/or weight preoccupation. Longitudinally however, only weight restricting behaviour and body dissatisfaction were significant in the prediction of weight restricting behaviour. Discussion The implications of the results are discussed, together with suggestions for future research.

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European Eating Disorders Review

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14

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6

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© 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and Eating Disorders Association. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Investigation of a model of weight restricting behaviour amongst adolescent girls, European Eating Disorders Review, Volume14, Issue6, November/December 2006, Pages 468-484, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.711. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)

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Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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