This study investigated longitudinal associations between externalizing behavior and dysfunctional eating attitudes and behaviors. Participants were girls drawn from the community-based Minnesota Twin Family Study and assessed at ages 11, 14, and 17. Cross-sectional correlations indicated that the strength of the associations between externalizing behavior and dysfunctional eating attitudes and behaviors increased over time. Mixed-model analyses indicated that earlier externalizing behavior predicted increases in weight preoccupation, body dissatisfaction, and use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors. Earlier use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors predicted increases in externalizing behavior.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
|Published - Mar 2007