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Eating Problems and the Self-Concept: Results Based on a Representative Sample of Norwegian Adolescent Girls
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3090-8437
Department of Psychology, Trondheim University of Science and Technology, N-7034 Trondheim, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3199-4637
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2003 (English)In: Journal of Youth and Adolescence, ISSN 0047-2891, E-ISSN 1573-6601, Vol. 32, no 5, 325-335 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The joint role of self-esteem and unstable self-perceptions for eating problems was investigated in a representative Norwegian population sample of girls in 3 age groups (N = 5287; aged 12-19 years). Three scales from the 12-item Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-12) measured eating problems: Restriction, Bulimia-food preoccupation, and Diet. Girls low on all EAT scales were most often characterized by high self-esteem combined with stable self-perceptions, whereas girls high on all EAT-scales were characterized by having low self-esteem and unstable self-perceptions. Bulimic tendencies and dieting were more common in older groups, whereas high scores on all EAT-scales simultaneously were equally common in all ages. The findings gave initial support to the continuity hypothesis in indicating that the age trends for eating problems, except for restrictive tendencies, followed those of eating disorders and in that the risk factors found for eating problems parallel those reported for eating disorders.

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2003. Vol. 32, no 5, 325-335 p.
Keyword [en]
eating problems, adolescents, self-concept, girls, self-esteem, unstable self-perceptions
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22375DOI: 10.1023/A:1024917930602Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0042208456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-22375DiVA: diva2:662161
Available from: 2013-11-06 Created: 2013-11-06 Last updated: 2013-11-08Bibliographically approved

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