Acculturation and eating disorders in Asian and Caucasian Australian university students

Jennings, P. S., Forbes, D., McDermott, B. M. C. and Hulse, G. (2006) Acculturation and eating disorders in Asian and Caucasian Australian university students. Eating Behaviors, 7 3: 214-219.


Author Jennings, P. S.
Forbes, D.
McDermott, B. M. C.
Hulse, G.
Title Acculturation and eating disorders in Asian and Caucasian Australian university students
Journal name Eating Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-0153
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2005.08.006
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 214
End page 219
Total pages 6
Editor P. Miller
Place of publication UK
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2006
Subject C1
730204 Child health
730211 Mental health
321019 Paediatrics
321204 Mental Health
Abstract This study aimed to compare the attitudes and psychopathology of eating disorders of Asian and Caucasian university students using a survey method. The study also investigated the relationship between acculturation, attitudes and psychopathology of eating disorders in sub-groups of Asian girls. There were 130 Asian and 110 Caucasian adolescent girls, aged 18–24 who were screened using the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26), the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI-2) and an Acculturation Index. The Asian group did not have higher mean EAT score than the Caucasian group, but had higher mean score in some sub-scales of the EDI-2. Eating disordered attitudes and psychopathology was not significantly different in the low compared to the high accultured Asian girls. This study suggests that Asian and Caucasian university students in Western Australia are equally susceptible to eating disorders, and that the level of acculturation does not modify the susceptibility of Asian students for eating disorders.
Q-Index Code C1

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