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Type of Document Dissertation
Author McIvor, Debra Lynn
Author's Email Address dcoulter@vt.edu
URN etd-12042002-074156
Title Pathogenic Eating Behaviors and Psychological Risk Factors of Weight Preoccupied College Students
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Getz, Hilda M. Committee Co-Chair
Singh, Kusum Committee Co-Chair
Bentley, Suzanne Committee Member
Curcio, Claire Cole Vaught Committee Member
Hohenshil, Thomas H. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Pathogenic Weight Control Behaviors
  • Eating Disorders
  • Risk of Disordered Eating
Date of Defense 2002-11-21
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

Debra McIvor's Abstract

This study investigated the connection between Body Dissatisfaction and Drive

for Thinness to several psychological correlates- Ineffectiveness, Interpersonal

Distrust, Perfectionism, Interoceptive Awareness, and Maturity Fears. Regression

analyses indicated that these five correlates together accounted for 23% of the

variance in a measure of Body Dissatisfaction. Body Dissatisfaction and the five

correlates together accounted for 52% of the variance in a measure of Drive for

Thinness. Results of the path analysis confirmed that Ineffectiveness, Interoceptive

Awareness and Maturity Fears were the strongest predictors of Body Dissatisfaction.

In turn, Body Dissatisfaction, Ineffectiveness and Interoceptive Awareness were

the strongest predictors of Drive for Thinness. Gender differences and prevalence

rates of eating disordered behavior were reviewed. Consistent with other research,

this study confirmed high levels of bingeing and purging behavior (44%) among

college men and women.

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