Eating behavior in humans is complex and has developed over the millennia in intricate webs of biological, psychological, and social factors. While maladaptive eating strategies have been studied extensively, the adaptive eating strategy known as intuitive eating is gaining wider attention as a means to treat and prevent maladaptive eating behavior. Using multiple regression with self-report questionnaires, the researcher explored the psychosocial variables of impression management and subjective physical health as they relate to intuitive eating in men, who have been underrepresented in the literature on eating behavior. The results indicate that subjective physical health predicts eating disorder symptomatology, but may not predict intuitive eating in men. Further, while impression management predicts intuitive eating, anxiety may account for this relationship. Additionally, sexual orientation is discussed as a relevant predictor of eating behavior. Clinical and research implications, as well as future directions are discussed.
|Commitee:||Balice, Guy, Harris, Mekel|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Clinical psychology, Health education|
|Keywords:||Eating behavior, Impression management, Intuitive eating, Subjective physical health|
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