Asian American and Asian international college females: Eating behaviors, relationships, and culture
Howard, Peggy Amanda
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While the concepts of perfectionism, attachment, and relationship behavior have been studied extensively as correlates of disordered eating in Caucasian populations, much less is known about the relationships between these variables in other cultures. This study examined the role of perfectionism, attachment, relationship behavior, and acculturation in the development of disordered eating among Asian American and Asian International female college and graduate students. The independent variables studied were perfectionism, attachment, accommodation, self-silencing, and acculturation. The dependent variable was disordered eating. The sample consisted of 66 female participants who completed an online survey. The findings of this study indicated that dietary restraint is impacted by attachment and eating concern is impacted by perfectionism. The findings of this study also suggest that weight concern, shape concern, and global disordered eating are impacted by both perfectionism and attachment. No differences were identified between international and non-international student females in predicting disordered eating. Implications for practice or mental health professionals and suggestions for future research are discussed.