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Prevalence of eating disorders in secondary level students: A preliminary study



Prevalence of eating disorders in secondary level students: A preliminary study



Actas Espanolas de Psiquiatria 27(6): 367-374



To determine the prevalence of eating disorders in secondary level students, as well as to determine the relationship between eating behaviour and personality traits. During the 1997-98 school year, 816 secondary level students from Langreo (Asturias) were evaluated. Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) and Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Adult Form (EPQ-A). The sample was made up of 415 males and 401 females [mean age (SD): 15.91 (1.37)]. Seventy-two <> of eating disorders were detected, 87.5% of which were females (p= 0.0000). The <> scored higher (p< 0.05) than their <> counterparts on all EDI subscales, except perfectionism. The <> females scored higher (p< 0.05) than the <> males on the drive for thinness and dissatisfaction with one's body subscales, whereas the <> males scored higher than the females on the perfectionism and maturity fears subscales. In both sexes, clinical features of neuroticism, introversion, and psychoticism were associated with higher scores (p< 0,05) on various EDI subscales. Greater prevalence of <> eating disorders in females. The <> subjects present a different eating behaviour profile based on sex. In both sexes, neuroticism, introversion, and psychoticism features favour a possible distortion of eating behaviour.

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