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Understanding and responding to eating disorders among college women during the first-college year


Author(s): Schwitzer, A. M., & Rodriguez, L. E.

Citation: Schwitzer, A. M., & Rodriguez, L. E. (2002). Understanding and responding to eating disorders among college women during the first-college year. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 14(1), 41-64.

 

Abstract

In the present study, the investigators extended a developing model of eating disorders among college women by examining the college adjustment demands and developmental tasks unique to this population. Compared with college students in general, women with eating-related concerns tended to experience a specific set of college adjustment concerns including: problematic perfectionism associated with academics and personal adjustment; dysfunctional behavior and stress associated with eating problems; and social support needs. They also tended to share a history of early psychological issues and family dynamics.

 

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