Perceived weight, actual weight, and depressive symptoms in a general adolescent sample

Perceived weight, actual weight, and depressive symptoms in a general adolescent sample To examine the relationship between perceived weight, actual weight, and depressive symptoms in a general adolescent sample, 344 junior and senior high school students were administered the Beck Depression Inventory and the Health Behaviors Questionnaire. Chi‐square analyses revealed that perceptions of weight varied by sex but not by age. An analysis of variance using depression scores as the dependent variable revealed a main effect for age, with 11‐13 year olds less depressed than 14‐16 or 17‐18 year olds; a main effect for weight perception, with those who perceived themselves to be of normal weight less depressed than those who thought they were underweight or overweight; and a significant interaction of actual weight and sex, with females tending to be less depressed if actually underweight and males tending to be less depressed if actually overweight. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Eating Disorders Wiley

Perceived weight, actual weight, and depressive symptoms in a general adolescent sample

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1988 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0276-3478
eISSN
1098-108X
DOI
10.1002/1098-108X(198801)7:1<107::AID-EAT2260070111>3.0.CO;2-#
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Abstract

To examine the relationship between perceived weight, actual weight, and depressive symptoms in a general adolescent sample, 344 junior and senior high school students were administered the Beck Depression Inventory and the Health Behaviors Questionnaire. Chi‐square analyses revealed that perceptions of weight varied by sex but not by age. An analysis of variance using depression scores as the dependent variable revealed a main effect for age, with 11‐13 year olds less depressed than 14‐16 or 17‐18 year olds; a main effect for weight perception, with those who perceived themselves to be of normal weight less depressed than those who thought they were underweight or overweight; and a significant interaction of actual weight and sex, with females tending to be less depressed if actually underweight and males tending to be less depressed if actually overweight.

Journal

International Journal of Eating DisordersWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1988

References

  • An analysis of body image distortions in a nonpatient population
    Klesges, Klesges

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