The Contribution of Emotion Regulation to Body Dissatisfaction and Disordered Eating in Early Adolescent Girls

  title={The Contribution of Emotion Regulation to Body Dissatisfaction and Disordered Eating in Early Adolescent Girls},
  author={Leslie A Sim and Janice Lillian Zeman},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
  • L. Sim, J. Zeman
  • Published 2 March 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence
To understand whether difficulties in emotional functioning distinguish between body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, a set of emotion regulation (i.e., negative emotion, emotional awareness, coping), demographic (i.e., age), and physical (i.e., BMI (Body Mass Index)) factors were assessed in 234 early adolescent girls, grades six to eight. Compared to younger girls, older girls had higher BMI and reported increased body dissatisfaction. Age, BMI, and negative affect predicted body… 
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