Mond, JM and Arrighi, A, Gender differences in perceptions of the severity and prevalence of eating disorders, Early intervention in psychiatry, 5, (1) pp. 41-49. ISSN 1751-7885 (2011) [Refereed Article]
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Aim: Gender differences in perceptions of the severity and prevalence of anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) were examined in young men (n = 113) and women (n = 289) recruited from a regional university campus in north-east Australia. Methods: Participants viewed vignettes of fictional (female) sufferers of AN and BN and responded to the same series of questions in relation to each vignette.
Results: For both vignettes, a substantial minority of male, but not female, participants indicated that they would be a little or not at all sympathetic to someone with the problem described, that the problem described would be a little or not at all difficult to treat, and that having the problem described would be moderately or a little distressing. Men were also more likely than women to consider BN to be primarily a problem of ‘lack of will-power/self-control’. Perceptions of the prevalence of AN (modal response = ‘very few women/ 10% or less’) and BN (‘10% to 30%’) did not differ by gender and both male and female participants considered AN to be more severe and less common than BN.
Conclusions: The findings suggest that there may be a need to target the attitudes and beliefs of young men in particular in the prevention and early intervention initiatives for eating disorders.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Eating disorders, Gender differences, Mental health literacy|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Mental Health|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental Health|
|Author:||Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||26|
|Deposited By:||Centre for Rural Health|
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