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A Study On the Relationship Between Eating Attitudes and Anger

Ayşegül Durak Batıgün, Çisem Utku
2006; 21(57):65-82

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The principle goal of this study is to investigate the relationship between eating attitude problems and anger, among a group of adolescents and young adults. Consequently, those who have eating disorders and those who do not, were compared in terms of their anger scores and those variable, which predict eating attitude problems were investigated. In addition to the above, other sociodemographic variables, such as gender, age, SES, related to eating attitude problems, were searched for. In order to reach to the above goals, a group of 675 students between 13 to 25 years of age were given the Eating Attitude Test and the Multidimensional Anger Scale. The statistical analyses revealed that the 13-16 year olds had more negative attitudes towards eating. Moreover, the gender comparisons revealed that the females had higher EAT scores, and higher passive-aggressive anger scores. Males, on the other hand, perceived themselves as having more aggressive attitudes when they are angered. The hierarchical regression analyses showed that anger symptoms scores were a powerful predictor of eating attitudes, along with the demographic variables.

Keywords: Eating disorders, eating attitude, anger