Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Academic-related factors and emotional eating in adolescents
by Chamberlin, Ashley A., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 49; 1594910
Abstract (Summary)

Emotional eating is increasing food consumption in response to negative emotions such as stress or anger, rather than physiological hunger. Many studies have found stress to be related to emotional eating and weight gain in adults, yet few researchers have examined the impact of school-related stress on emotional eating in adolescents. School can be a large burden of anxiety which may lead to emotional eating as a method of coping. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of different academic factors on emotional eating, among a sample of minority adolescents (including both males and females). Specifically, this study examined whether (1) academic self-esteem (2) grade point average (GPA) and (3) academic worries were related to emotional eating.

The results showed that GPA, academic self-esteem, and academic worries significantly predicted emotional eating in adolescents. Positive, significant relationships were found for academic worries and GPA. The relationship between academic self-esteem was negative and significant. Age and gender were not found to be statistically significant predictors. There were no significant differences in academic factors between emotional eaters and non-emotional eaters. More research is needed to determine the complex interaction between emotional eating behavior and academics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gray, Virginia
Commitee: Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena, Reiboldt, Wendy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Educational psychology, Nutrition, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Academic stress, Academic worries, Adolescence, Emotional eating, Grade point average, Stress eating
Publication Number: 1594910
ISBN: 9781321924817
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