Anxiety, Self-Esteem and Eating Patterns among Adolescent Females

Author: Rizwana Shabbir
Supervisor: Rafia Rafique, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2013-2015)
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The objective of the present study was to determine the mediating role of self-esteem in the relationship between anxiety and eating patterns of adolescent females. Correlational research design was used. A sample of 150 female students of four colleges and universities located in Lahore was recruited through purposive sampling technique. The following assessment measures were individually administered: Eating Attitude Test (Garner, Olmsted, Boher and Garfinkl, 1982), Rosenberg Self- Esteem Scale (Rosenberg) and Social Physique Anxiety Scale (Hart, Leary, and Rejeski, 1989). Correlation and mediated hierarchical regression were applied. The findings of this research revealed that there is a positive relationship between anxiety and eating pattern and self- esteem was negatively associated with eating patterns adopted by female adolescents. Self-esteem partially mediated the relationship between anxiety and eating patterns among adolescent females. This research is helpful as it gives an insight into the lifestyle of Pakistani female adolescents. It offers an avenue to promote family counseling through which parents can be trained to inculcate healthy eating habits among their children as it will serve to increase self-esteem among adolescents who will in turn possess a positive body  image.

Keywords: Eating Patterns, Self-esteem, Anxiety,

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