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The Relationship Between Father-Daughter Relationships and Eating Disorders or Weight
by Nedved, Abigail, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 65; 1588666
Abstract (Summary)

Eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder, are highly prevalent among young women. In terms of etiology, potential causes include biological factors, the influence of peers, and media exposure. Family dynamics can also play a causal role. Much of the literature on family dynamics in those with eating disorders has focused on the mother-daughter relationship; very little has focused on the paternal relationship. This study examined the father-daughter relationship in women of various weights, both with and without eating disorders. It was hypothesized that for women who were overweight and/or had an eating disorder, the father-daughter relationship would be characterized by the father being over-protective and emotionally unavailable and that the fathers of women who were not overweight and did not have an eating disorder would not exhibit these traits. The hypothesis was not supported. However, these results suggest that the data trended toward the hypothesis on the variables of the Autonomy Granting subscale of the Parenting Style Inventory II (PSI-II), the Over-Protection subscale of the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI), and the Caring subscale of the PBI. Results from the Responsiveness subscale of the PSI and the Avoidance subscale of the Relationship Structures Questionnaire did not support the hypothesis. While these results were not statistically significant, they do suggest that in terms of family dynamics, the maternal relationship may not be exclusively related to disordered eating.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pawlow, Laura
Commitee: Pomerantz, Andrew, Segrist, Dan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Eating disorders, Paternal relationships, Women 18-30 years old
Publication Number: 1588666
ISBN: 978-1-321-74699-0
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