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Girls' recurrent and concurrent body dissatisfaction: Correlates and consequences over 8 years†
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 404–415, May 2002
How to Cite
Ohring, R., Graber, J. A. and Brooks-Gunn, J. (2002), Girls' recurrent and concurrent body dissatisfaction: Correlates and consequences over 8 years. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 31: 404–415. doi: 10.1002/eat.10049
The research reported here was based on a dissertation completed by the first author.
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2002
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JUN 2001
- NICHD. Grant Number: HD24770
- W.T. Grant Foundation
- body dissatisfaction;
- depressive symptoms
The present study examines the patterns of body dissatisfaction during adolescence in order to determine whether girls enter onto trajectories of body dissatisfaction that are associated with eating and depressive symptoms during adolescence and in young adulthood.
Body dissatisfaction was studied in 120 adolescent girls drawn from a normal population of students enrolled in private schools in a major metropolitan area. They were seen at three times over an 8-year period (mean ages = 14.3, 16.0, and 22.3).
Recurrent body dissatisfaction during adolescence was associated with earlier pubertal maturation and elevated depressive and eating symptoms in young adulthood compared with girls who maintained positive body images during adolescence. Concurrent body dissatisfaction was also a correlate of greater depressed affect and eating symptoms at the time these girls experienced body dissatisfaction.
Findings suggest that adolescent body dissatisfaction has consequences for affect in adulthood. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 404–415, 2002.