Acculturation and eating disorders in Asian and Caucasian Australian adolescent girls

Jennings, P. S., Forbes, D., McDermott, B., Juniper, S. and Hulse, G. (2005) Acculturation and eating disorders in Asian and Caucasian Australian adolescent girls. Psychiatry And Clinical Neurosciences, 59 1: 56-61.


Author Jennings, P. S.
Forbes, D.
McDermott, B.
Juniper, S.
Hulse, G.
Title Acculturation and eating disorders in Asian and Caucasian Australian adolescent girls
Journal name Psychiatry And Clinical Neurosciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-1316
1440-1819
Publication date 2005-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2005.01332.x
Volume 59
Issue 1
Start page 56
End page 61
Total pages 6
Editor S. Takahashi
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
321021 Psychiatry
730204 Child health
730211 Mental health
Abstract The present study aimed to compare the attitudes and psychopathology of eating disorders between Asian and Caucasian adolescent girls; and investigate the relationship between acculturation and the attitudes and psychopathology of eating disorders in subgroups of Asian girls. Two groups of non-clinical adolescent girls in Perth, Western Australia, were compared using a survey method. There were 17 Asian and 25 Caucasian adolescent girls, aged 14-17 drawn from private high schools in Perth who were screened using the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26), the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI-2), and an acculturation index. The psychopathology scores for eating disorders of the Asian group were significantly higher than that of the Caucasian group in terms of total EDI-2 score, Interpersonal Distrust, Maturity Fears, Impulse Regulation and Social Insecurity subscales. Eating attitudes measured by Dieting subscale of the EAT-26 was significantly different. Within the Asian group, the less acculturated girls had higher scores on the EAT-26 and the EDI-2 than the more acculturated. Less acculturated Asian girls appeared to have unhealthier attitudes and psychopathology toward eating.
Keyword Clinical Neurology
Neurosciences
Psychiatry
Acculturation
Adolescent
Asian
Australian
Eating Disorders
Perceived Parental Control
Attitudes
British
Psychopathology
Schoolgirls
Population
Inventory
Symptoms
Culture
Women
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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