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Facebook Use and Disordered Eating in College Women

Title: Facebook Use and Disordered Eating in College Women.
Name(s): Mabe, Annalise, author
Department of Psychology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Disordered eating is a serious problem affecting college women today. As technology advances and social networking sites become more heavily used, it is important to study the effects that sites like Facebook may have on college women's disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between Facebook use and disordered eating levels in college women through a correlational design and aimed to evaluate the momentary effects of Facebook use through an experimental design. This study hypothesized that higher Facebook use is positively correlated with higher levels of disordered eating and that social comparison, self-objectification and high self-monitoring account for these associations. To examine the correlation between Facebook use and disordered eating levels, this study collected data from a mass screening of participants in the psychology subject pool. To test whether use of Facebook causes momentary changes in mood, body image, and disordered eating urges, participants from the psychology subject pool were recruited for an experiment in which they were randomly assigned to either use Facebook or Wikipedia for 20 minutes and completed self-report assessments regarding current eating concerns, weight concerns, and mood before and after internet use. Results showed a positive and significant relationship between Facebook use and disordered eating and evidence that Facebook use contributes to maintenance of weight/shape preoccupation and anxiety. Results revealed a significant correlation between disordered eating, body comparison, trait anxiety and Facebook score. Future longitudinal research should examine Facebook use as a possible risk factor in the development of body image concerns and disordered eating.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0219 (IID)
Keywords: Facebook, Disordered Eating, college women, eating disorders, trait anxiety, state anxiety, body comparison, self objectification, self monitoring
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: April 3, 2013.
Subject(s): Clinical psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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