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Teenage girls--Health and hygiene--Middle West; Teenage girls--Middle West--Psychology; Body image in adolescence; Teenage girls--Health and hygiene; Teenage girls--Psychology; Middle West;


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between coping strategies and body image disturbance among adolescent females. Fifty-eight of 78 (74.4%) seventh grade female students at a midwestern middle school completed all phases of the research.

The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26; Gamer & Garfinkel, 1979) identified subjects with maladaptive eating behaviors. The Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS; Endler & Parker, 1990) and the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ; Cooper, Taylor, Cooper, & Fairburn, 1987) provided information concerning the type of coping strategies employed as well as feelings concerning appearance.

Pearson product-moment correlation was used to determine the relationship between coping strategies and body image. The findings of this study showed emotion-focused coping and maladaptive eating were positively related ( r = .008, p_ <.05), as well as emotion-focused coping and general body dissatisfaction ( r = .000, p < .05).

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Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Diane Depken

Second Advisor

Dennis Cryer

Third Advisor

Michelle Yehieli


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