The Effects of Eating Disorder Belief and Sociocultural Attitudes towards Appearance on Female High School Students' Eating Attitude

여고생의 섭식신념과 외모에 대한 사회문화적 태도가 섭식태도에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Jung-Min (Dept. of Child Development and Education, Myongji Univ.) ;
  • Park, Kyoung-Mi (Dept. of Child Development and Education, Myongji Univ.)
  • Published : 2008.06.30

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to investigate the effects of eating disorder belief and sociocultural attitudes towards appearance on female high school students' eating attitude. Questionnaires regarding eating disorder belief, sociocultural attitudes towards appearance, and eating attitude were administered to 900 1st and 2nd grade female high school students in Gyeonggi Province. Finally 875 questionnaires were collected and statistically analyzed through Cronbach's ${\alpha}$, factor analysis, Pearson's correlation analysis, and hierarchical multiple regression. The main results of the study were as follows: 1) Eating disorder belief, sociocultural attitudes towards appearance, and eating attitude revealed a positive correlation. 2) While control over eating, weight/shape as a means to acceptance, internalization, and awareness were significant predictors of drive for thinness, control over eating, internalization, and weight/shape as a means to acceptance were significant predictors of bulimia. 3) Internalization had a moderating effect on the relationship between eating disorder belief and eating attitude (drive for thinness, bulimia).

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