Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
General Psychology, Quantitative Emphasis
Department or School/College
Department of Psychology
Bryan Cochran, Dan Denis, Kathy Humphries, Cheryl VanDenburg
College Women, Treatment Barriers, Antifat Attitudes (AFA), Disordered Eating, Urban or Rural
University of Montana
Disordered eating (DE) is associated with physical and emotional consequences. Most incidence studies comparing rates in urban and rural regions are international. Only one examined regional differences within the United States, and no significant differences emerged. Additionally, no investigations focus on DE treatment barriers specific to rural regions. In 106 college women with significant DE patterns, this study investigated weight-based prejudices, system-level barriers, and regional status. Despite no significant regional differences in DE or barriers to treatment, results revealed high prevalence of DE and exposed barriers to DE-treatment among college women. Exploratory analyses supplement the dearth of research focusing on DE in rural regions, which may help professionals tailor DE-related services to rural college cultures.
Pepper, Alison Christine, "DISORDERED EATING, ANTIFAT ATTITUDES, AND BARRIERS TO TREATMENT IN COLLEGE WOMEN FROM URBAN AND RURAL AREAS" (2009). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 327.
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