The study aimed to investigate possible differences in eating attitudes/problems and associated psychological problems in young women of differing ethnic origin.
In a city with a relatively high Asian population (with a background in the Indian subcontinent), 235 young women aged 18-27 registered with a general practice responded to a postal questionnaire.
The questionnaire examined eating and weight problems (including the 26-item Eating Attitudes Test), self-esteem (measured by the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale), and general psychological well-being (measured by The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale).
We also included three short vignettes designed to assess illness perception and health seeking-behavior.
We found relatively little difference in eating attitudes and problems according to ethnicity, although self-induced vomiting for weight control was more common among Caucasian women.
Neither was there any difference in self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and illness perception.
The results suggest that one cannot generalize about eating problems across the Asian population and a more sophisticated approach to the examination ofsociocultural factors is recommended.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble comportement alimentaire, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, Milieu culturel, Environnement social, Royaume Uni, Europe, Ethnie, Adulte jeune, Homme, Femelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Eating disorder, Epidemiology, Mental health, Cultural environment, Social environment, United Kingdom, Europe, Ethnic group, Young adult, Human, Female
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0202001
Code Inist : 002B18C01C. Création : 11/09/1998.