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Fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns among adolescents: the moderating effects of gender and weight status

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Trompeter, N and Bussey, K and Hay, P and Mond, J and Murray, SB and Lonergan, A and Griffiths, S and Pike, K and Mitchson, D, Fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns among adolescents: the moderating effects of gender and weight status, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47, (7) pp. 1398-1408. ISSN 0047-2891 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10964-018-0872-z

Abstract

Fear of negative evaluation has been linked with weight/shape concerns among adults, however, similar research among adolescents is lacking. We investigated the relationship between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns, including the moderating roles of gender and body mass index (BMI) in adolescents. Participant were 4045 Australian adolescents (53.7% girls) aged 11-19 years (Mage = 14 years 11 months), who completed a self-report questionnaire about weight/shape concerns, fear of negative evaluation, and weight and height. Results showed a positive association between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns, with the association being stronger among girls. Furthermore, the association between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns was stronger among adolescents with higher BMIs, especially so for boys. These results highlight the role of fear of negative evaluation in weight/shape concerns and suggest potential avenues for prevention programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fear of negative evaluation, weight and shape concerns, body image, adolescence, eating disorders
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
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:127990
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-08-27
Last Modified:2018-12-10
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