A prospective study of disordered eating among sorority and nonsorority women
Article first published online: 22 MAR 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 354–358, April 2004
How to Cite
Allison, K. C. and Park, C. L. (2004), A prospective study of disordered eating among sorority and nonsorority women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 35: 354–358. doi: 10.1002/eat.10255
- Issue published online: 22 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 22 MAR 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 MAR 2003
- disordered eating;
- college women;
The current study examined disordered eating prospectively among sorority and nonsorority women.
University women were surveyed during their first, second, and third undergraduate years. Disordered eating, depression, self-esteem, body mass index (BMI), and ideal weight were measured.
Disordered eating did not differ between the groups before women joined sororities. By Time 3, sorority women reported higher Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) Drive for Thinness subscale scores than nonsorority women, but the EDI Bulimia and Body Dissatisfaction subscales did not differ. BMI, ideal weights, depression, and self-esteem did not differ.
Women who join sororities are similar to those who do not in their baseline levels of disordered eating, but they maintain more rigorous attitudes and behaviors regarding dieting over the course of their higher education. © 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 35: 354–358, 2004.