Exploring female university students' beliefs about binge eating

Kane, Jessica, Hyde, Melissa, & Hamilton, Kyra (2015) Exploring female university students' beliefs about binge eating. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53(3), pp. 118-127.

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Abstract

Binge eating (BE) among female university students is rising in prevalence and few studies have considered the role of social cognitive processes in decisions to engage in BE. This study adopted a theory of planned behavior (TPB) belief-based approach to examine the beliefs that underpin female university students' intentions to BE. Participants (N = 250) completed self-report questionnaires assessing BE intentions and the TPB behavioral (advantages and disadvantages of BE), normative (important others approving/disapproving of BE), and control (barriers toward and motivators for BE) belief measures. For analyses, participants were grouped based on a median split of the overall intention score into those with higher and lower intentions to binge eat. Differences in the TPB beliefs about BE between these two groups were then assessed. Female students with higher intentions to binge eat differed significantly in their endorsement of the likely beliefs related to BE, compared to female students with lower intentions to binge eat. The results suggest that interventions to decrease BE in the female student population should reduce the associated advantages (e.g., stress relief and feelings of comfort), enhance perceptions of disapproval for BE from important others (e.g., partner and friends), provide education about the health implications to strengthen the perceived barriers discouraging BE, and suggest healthy alternatives to overcome the factors (e.g., being alone and boredom) motivating BE

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ID Code: 88695
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: binge eating, theory of planned behavior, beliefs, emale university students, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.965842
ISSN: 1463-5240
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Institute of Health Promotion and Education
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2015 23:01
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2015 23:01

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