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Volume 35 Issue 4 (November 1996), Pages i-i, 487-646

Dietary restraint and anxiety in adolescent girls (pages 573-583)

Dieting among adolescent girls has become commonplace. Research indicates that dietary restraint may have a functional effect for adolescents similar to that which operates with adults (i.e. high restrainers counter‐regulate following disinhibition). The present study investigated the interaction effects of dietary restraint and state anxiety in 13‐year‐old and 16‐year‐old girls. The distribution of restraint scores indicated that both age groups contained girls from every level of restraint. Analysis of the total consumption data indicated that only the 16‐year‐old group counter‐regulated in response to the disinhibiting high anxiety condition. Analyses of the type of food consumed (forbidden food/permitted food) revealed counter‐regulation for both age groups for some of the forbidden foods. In the 16‐year‐old group, the effects were more pervasive. No significant effects were found in the permitted food category. The implications of this eating behaviour are discussed.

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