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Eating disorders in adolescence; Eating disorders in children; Academic theses;


Current research supports that school-based eating disorder prevention programs have yielded unsuccessful results. Hypotheses presented in chapter one suggest failure to implement effective prevention programs are related to problematic screening attempts and a lack of focus on targeting prevention at the primary level. Chapter two outlines a review of literature analyzing eating disorder identification, history, prevalence, assessment and existing prevention programs. Chapter three describes the present study, which uses an eating disorder assessment instrument to screen a consenting sample of forth through twelfth graders. Results, presented in chapter four, suggest (a) that a significant number of students could benefit for eating disorder prevention programming and (b) just as many young children are at-risk to develop an eating disorder as are older children. Implications and limitations of the study are presented in chapter five. Here the author additionally presents a theory-based eating disorder prevention program based on the research presented in chapter two and the capabilities of a school psychologist.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Donald W. Schmits


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