Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Correlations between body mass index and psychological distress in adolescents
by Keller, Zoe A., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 67; 1527717
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the current study was to address the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) status and psychological distress within the adolescent population. Data was acquired from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) 2011-2012, a state-wide phone survey which addresses health issues among the resident population. The present study used data from 2,1 04 California adolescents, utilizing variables relating to demographics, general health condition, and mental health.

Results indicated a statistically significant relationship between BMI and psychological distress, with overweight adolescents experiencing more distress and depression than their underweight/healthy weight counterparts. Gender and perceived general health condition were both significantly related to distress, with females and those of poor perceived general health condition experiencing greater psychological distress, regardless of weight status. This study has implications for social work policy and practice, especially in work with youth and families.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Mental health, Social work, Nutrition, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Adolescent, BMI, Body mass index, Depression, Overweight, Psychological distress
Publication Number: 1527717
ISBN: 978-1-303-92572-6
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