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Gender differences in perceptions of the severity and prevalence of eating disorders

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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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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00257.x

Abstract

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 Details

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 Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117939
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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