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Undergraduate Women's Reactions to Body Image and Eating Disorder Research

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The purpose of the study was to determine college women's (N = 405) reactions to body image and eating disorder research as well as predictors of negative reactions. Results suggested that the majority of women (94%) did not experience negative reactions and reported benefits to participating. Regression analyses revealed that disordered eating and poorer body esteem were predictive of negative reactions to research participation. Additional analyses were conducted to better understand those participants (N = 26; 6%) who reported negative reactions. Overall, results indicated that body image and eating disorder research is not distressing for the vast majority of participants.

Keywords: body image; college women; eating disorder; ethics; research

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08989621.2011.542686

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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