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GONGORA, Vanesa; GRINHAUZ, Aldana Sol  and  SUAREZ HERNANDEZ, Nora. Eating disorders in adolescents: a study of behaviors and cognitions. Anu. investig. [online]. 2009, vol.16, pp. 25-31. ISSN 1851-1686.

The aim of this study is to assess behaviors, specific cognitions related to eating disorders (ED) and core beliefs in adolescents, and to compare them by gender and age groups. The sample was composed of 553 students of middle schools of Buenos Aires city (42.3% men and 57.7% women). The mean age was 14.83 years old (SD = 1.5) and mean BMI was 20.60 (SD = 2.8). The instruments used were: an eating habits self-report, the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, the MAC-R eating cognitions ´ questionnaire, and the SQ schema questionnaire. A 13.79% of women and 11.11% of men showed symptoms related to ED according to the ICA scale, whereas an 11.2% of women and a 10.68% of men showed ED symptoms according to MAC-R. Women and the age group of 16 to 18 years old had more severe behaviors and specific cognitions related to ED.

Keywords : Behaviors; Cognitions; Adolescents; Eating disorders.

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