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Association Between Eating Disorder Risk and Family Structure and Social Appearance Anxiety Among College Freshman

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Family Medicine Clinic, Karaçoban Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey

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Department of Family Medicine, Dokuz Eylül University Medical Faculty, İzmir, Turkey

Alpha Psychiatry 2022; 23: 27-32
DOI: 10.5152/alphapsychiatry.2022.21229
Read: 2127 Downloads: 80 Published: 30 December 2021

Objective: Eating disorders can be described as continuous eating or eating-related behavior disorders that are detrimental to health or psychosocial function. The present study determines the association between eating disorder risk and family structure and social appearance anxiety among college freshman.

Method: This cross-sectional study was carried out among 683 freshman based on sociodemographic data, Eating Attitude Test, a Family Structure-System Assessment Device comprising 36 questions and a Social Appearance Anxiety Scale.

Results: A risk of eating disorders was identified in 10.2% of the participants. In the analysis, female gender (P = .013), young age (P=.022), presence of social appearance anxiety (P=.010), and a negatively defined family structure (P = .022) were found to increase the risk of eating disorders.

Conclusions: Family structures should be considered when screening for young people at risk of eating disorders. 

Cite this article as: Öztürk A, Limnili G, Kartal M. Association between eating disorder risk and family structure and social appearance anxiety among college freshman. Alpha Psychiatry. 2022;23(1):27-32.

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