Longitudinal associations between externalizing behavior and dysfunctional eating attitudes and behaviors: A community-based study

Naomi R. Marmorstein, Kristin M. Von Ranson, William G. Iacono, Paul A. Succop

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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