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PSYCHOLOGICAL CORRELATES OF EATING DISORDERS AMONG FEMALE UNDERGRADUATES OF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY ILE-IFE

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ADEBIMPE, OLUWAFISAYO A., IDEHEN, E. E., OYEWOLE, A. O., BABATUNDE S. I., TAIWO, O. A.

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The study investigated the extent of eating disorders and the psychological correlates that might predispose young adults to serious health problems. It also examined the influence of body image, fear of negative evaluation, religiosity and general psychopathology on eating disorder. 1000 female undergraduates aged 15-30 years were recruited using a stratified random sampling design at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Data were collected on socio-demographic variables. In addition, the adapted versions of the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT), Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ), Fear of Negative Evaluation (FNE), Religious Orientation Test (ROT) and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) were administered. Data were analysed using descriptive (frequency counts, percentages, means and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (2 Way ANOVA and post-hoc tests). 171 respondents were classified as highly at risk for eating disorders.  The results showed that body image (F = 18.8; p < .05) and fear of negative evaluation on eating disorder (F = 6.59; p < 0.05) had statistical influence on eating disorders. There was no statistically significant influence of general psychopathology (F = 1.37, p > 0.05) and religiosity (F = 0.45, p > 0.05) on eating disorder.

Keywords

Eating disorders
body image
fear of negative evaluation
religiosity and general psychopathology

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ADEBIMPE, OLUWAFISAYO A., IDEHEN, E. E., OYEWOLE, A. O., BABATUNDE S. I., TAIWO, O. A.

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