Correlates of the Drive for Thinness in Young Female Adolescents
Anorexia Nervosa, Adolescent, Female, Eating Disorders, Awareness, Weight Loss
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology
The core feature of anorexia nervosa is considered to be a drive for thinness. In order to try to identify personal and familial correlates of this drive, I studied 68 nonclinic girls ranging in age from 11 to 14 years. The personal attributes examined included body dissatisfaction, ineffectiveness, interoceptive awareness, perfectionism, and depression. The familial factors studied were conflict and independence. The results implicated two of the personal cognitive components as correlates of the drive for thinness, namely, body dissatisfaction and interoceptive awareness. These two variables accounted for 56% of the variance in a stepwise multiple-regression equation.
(1987). Correlates of the Drive for Thinness in Young Female Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 16(4), 313-319.
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