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Aging Anxiety and Disturbed Eating in Female University Students: Its not all About Ageing Appearance Concerns

Mahoney, Berenice (2018) Aging Anxiety and Disturbed Eating in Female University Students: Its not all About Ageing Appearance Concerns. Europe's Journal of Psychology. ISSN 1841-0413 (In Press)

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Abstract

Fear and anxiety about aging have increased amongst female university students and these personal aging concerns are associated with disturbed eating, also prevalent in this group. Evidence suggests concern about aging appearance could account for the link between aging anxiety and problem eating in young women due to their belief in the thin – youth ideal. However, whether appearance concern is the strongest aging anxiety predictor of global and specific disturbed eating behaviors is unclear. The study examines this in a sample of female students at a Midlands university in the United Kingdom (N = 200, 18 – 39 years) who completed the Anxiety about Aging Scale and the Eating Disorders Inventory-3. The findings show general and a model of four aging anxieties predicted significantly greater global disturbed eating with medium and large effects sizes respectively. However, greater anxiety about the psychological challenges and interpersonal losses associated with aging best predicted global and specific disturbed eating behaviors and aging appearance concern was a weaker predictor. Implications for interventions targeting female students eating behavior are considered.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: female students, disturbed eating, ageing anxiety, psychological losses, interpersonal losses
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Berenice Mahoney
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 12:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 12:54
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5807

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