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Eat Behav. 2007 Jan;8(1):98-105. Epub 2006 Mar 6.

Self-presentational motives in eating disordered behavior: a known groups difference approach.

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Department of PEKN, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada L2S 3A1. dmack@brocku.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigated the role of self-presentation motivation across three groups with known differences in disordered eating behavior.

METHODS:

Female participants (N=131) were currently in-treatment for an eating disorder (n=39), deemed at-risk (n=46), or not-at-risk for an eating disorder (n=46). All participants completed general and physique-specific measures of self-presentation motivation.

RESULTS:

Results revealed significant moderate differences between groups. Those not-at-risk reported lower levels of self-presentation motivation across all measures compared to those in the other groups. Those at-risk reported significantly lower scores across global measures of self-presentation motivation, but not physique-specific motives, than those in-treatment. A discriminant function analysis demonstrated that self-presentation motivation correctly classified 63.4% of cases.

DISCUSSION:

Results suggest that self-presentation motives may be particularly salient for individuals at-risk or in-treatment for eating disordered behavior.

PMID:
17174857
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2006.02.004
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