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Title:Obligatory Exercise and Eating Pathology in College Females: Replication and Development of a Structural Model
Author(s):Thome, Jennifer Lynn
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Espelage, Dorothy L.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Women's Studies
Abstract:Although disordered eating behaviors and obligatory exercise are relatively common among undergraduate females, many questions about their etiology remain unanswered. In the current study, structural equation modeling was used to investigate whether a model that was previously developed with a clinical sample would also fit for a sample of nonclinical college females. Further, the potential mediating role of reasons for exercise was evaluated. Results indicated that the original structural model fit the nonclinical sample extremely well. Specifically, addictiveness, obsessive-compulsiveness, and exercise behavior were directly associated with obligatory exercise. Further, obligatory exercise was directly associated with eating and weight restriction, and reasons for exercise mediated this relationship. These data suggest that the aforementioned variables are predictive of obligatory exercise and eating pathology in both clinical and nonclinical samples, and that reasons for exercise is important in understanding the complex relations among disordered eating and exercise attitudes and behaviors.
Issue Date:2004
Description:128 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153442
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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