School-Based Peer Support Groups: A New Approach to the Prevention of Disordered Eating

  title={School-Based Peer Support Groups: A New Approach to the Prevention of Disordered Eating},
  author={Gail L. McVey and Melissa Lieberman and Nancy Voorberg and Diana Wardrope and Elizabeth Blackmore},
  journal={Eating Disorders},
  pages={169 - 185}
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