Beliefs of adolescent girls concerning the severity and prevalence of bulimia nervosa

Mond, Jonathon, and Marks, Peta (2007) Beliefs of adolescent girls concerning the severity and prevalence of bulimia nervosa. Australian Journal of Psychology, 59 (2). pp. 87-93.

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Abstract

The beliefs of adolescent girls concerning an eating disorder problem were investigated. A vignette describing a fictional 16-year-old girl meeting diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa (BN) was presented to 522 high school students, followed by a series of questions concerning the severity and prevalence of the problem described. Most respondents believed that BN is a serious problem whose sufferers are deserving of sympathy. However, BN was perceived to be common among adolescent girls, far more common than estimates from epidemiological research would suggest, and many participants had at some stage thought that it “might not be too bad” to have such a problem. In addition, participants with a high level of eating disorder symptoms considered the prevalence of BN to be higher, and its symptoms more acceptable, than asymptomatic participants. These findings suggest that the perception of bulimic behaviours as normative and/or desirable may need to be addressed in prevention programs.

Item ID: 2263
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: adolescent girls; bulimia nervosa
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ISSN: 1742-9536
Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 05:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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