A risk model for disordered eating in late elementary school boys.

About this resource

The authors tested the following risk model for disordered eating in late elementary school-age boys: Pubertal status is associated with increases in negative urgency, that is, the tendency to act rashly when distressed; high levels of negative urgency then influence binge eating through psychosocial learning; and binge eating influences purging. A sample of 908 fifth-grade boys completed questionnaire measures of puberty, negative urgency, dieting/thinness and eating expectancies, and eating pathology. Eating disorder symptoms were present in these young boys: 10% reported binge eating and 4.2% reported purging through self-induced vomiting. Each hypothesis in the risk model was supported. Boys this young do in fact engage in the maladaptive behaviors of binge eating and purging; it is crucial to develop explanatory risk models for this group. To this end, it appears that characteristics of boys, including their pubertal status, personalities, and psychosocial learning, help identify boys at risk.

AuthorPearson, Carolyn M.; Combs, Jessica L. & Smith, Gregory T.
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviours
Volume24(4):696-704
Year2010

See also

Enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy for an adolescent with purging disorder: A case report

To present a case report detailing the use of an enhanced form of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

Read more

A comparison of the frequency of familial suicide attempts across eating disorder diagnoses

This study examined the prevalence of reported suicide attempts among family members of individuals with an eating disorder (ED).

Read more

Brain activation during the perception of stressful word stimuli concerning interpersonal relationships in anorexia nervosa patients with high degrees of alexithymia in an fMRI paradigm

Several studies have reported that anorexia nervosa (AN) patients have high levels of alexithymia.

Read more

Sociocultural factors in the development of bulimia nervosa in a blind woman: A case report

Background: Although several cases of eating disorders in visually impaired women have been reported, there has been little research on the development of body image and disordered eating in the blind.

Read more

Help us improve!

Give us feedback!

We will continue throughout 2018 to update and improve the NEDC website and welcome any feedback you may have on the site.

Provide feedback