Investigation of a model of weight restricting behaviour amongst adolescent girls

Caroline L. Donovan, Susan H. Spence, Jeanie K. Sheffield

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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 pre-occupation 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)468-484
    Number of pages17
    JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006


    • Dieting
    • Exercise
    • Prediction
    • Purging
    • Weight restricting behaviour


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