Disordered eating among Indian women: The role of cultural conflict and family functioning
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Very little research exists in the area of disordered eating in India, and even less has examined the role that familial and cultural aspects of Indian society might play in its development. This study examined the relationship between family functioning, cultural conflict, and disordered eating among Indian women. Participants were 232 female students (M age = 20.42) who were recruited from colleges and universities in the cities of Pune and Mumbai in India, and who completed measures of ethnic identity, cultural values conflict, family functioning, and eating disorder symptomology. Family functioning and cultural conflict were correlated with disordered eating, but level of ethnic identity was not. Cultural conflict related to sex-role expectations emerged as a significant predictor of disordered eating. Moreover, conflict related to sex-role expectations also played a moderating role in the relationship of chaotic family functioning with eating concern as well as weight concern. Implications for future research and clinical considerations are discussed.