Dissonance thin-ideal and didactic healthy behavior eating disorder prevention programs: Results from a controlled trial
Article first published online: 19 NOV 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 376–388, December 2004
How to Cite
Matusek, J. A., Wendt, S. J. and Wiseman, C. V. (2004), Dissonance thin-ideal and didactic healthy behavior eating disorder prevention programs: Results from a controlled trial. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 36: 376–388. doi: 10.1002/eat.20059
- Issue published online: 19 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 19 NOV 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAR 2004
- negative body image;
- college-age women;
- disturbed eating behavior
Negative body image, a common problem among college-age women in the United States, strongly correlates with low self-esteem, disturbed eating behavior, and eating disorders. Psychoeducational programs have inconsistently shown improvement in body image, thin-ideal internalization, eating behaviors, psychosocial functioning, and self-esteem.
In the current study, college women with body image concerns (N = 84) were randomly assigned to a cognitive dissonance-based, thin-ideal internalization, single-session workshop (DTI; n = 26); a psychoeducational, healthy behavior, single-session workshop (HB; n = 24); or a wait-list control (WL; n = 34).
Comparing baseline data with 4-week follow-up data, results indicated that both DTI and HB participants reported improvement in body image, thin-ideal internalization, and eating behaviors.
Results provide evidence that both interventions effectively reduce risk factors for eating pathology. © 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 36: 376–388, 2004.