Parental comments: relationship with gender, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating in Asian young adults

Chng, Samuel C.W., and Fassnacht, Daniel B. (2016) Parental comments: relationship with gender, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating in Asian young adults. Body Image, 16. pp. 93-99.

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Abstract

The present study explored the relationships between different categories of parental comments (negative, positive, and importance and comparison), body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating concerns in 383 young adults (69% female) in Singapore. Self-report measures of parental comments, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating were completed with results indicating that females, compared to males, reported significantly higher levels of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and negative maternal and positive paternal comments. Although the relationships found between the different categories of parental comments, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating differed by gender, negative maternal comments emerged as a consistent predictor of disordered eating for both genders. This relationship was partially mediated by body dissatisfaction. The findings highlight the role of parental influence through weight-related comments on body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, and the need for further exploration of gender-specific pathways of parental influence.

Item ID: 43997
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6807
Keywords: parental influence, parental comments, body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, young adults, Asian
Funders: Singapore Children’s Society
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 07:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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