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2013 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III

Eating Disorders and Negative Team-Talk: Implications for Prevention Programming

We hypothesized that team wide negative talk about body image and eating behaviors may be related to eating disorder (ED) prevalence on sports teams regardless of whether it is a lean or non-lean sport, yet because there is a higher prevalence of eating disorders in lean sports in the literature, we expected to find higher reports of this team-wide negative talk about body image and eating behaviors on those teams. The results revealed that the only significant relationship to ED symptomatology was the reported negative statements about body image and eating behavior that athletes have heard from their teammates. Sport type did not significantly predict ED symptomatology and neither did level of athletic identity or class year. The results suggest that certain athletes may have a higher vulnerability to hearing such statements.

Presenter: Catie Greene (St. Bonaventure University) -- greeneca@sbu.edu
Topic: Counseling - Panel
Location: 101 Edwards
Time: 11 am (Session II)