Author: Sadaf Waheed
Supervisor: Aneeza Sarwar & Rukhsana Kausar, Ph.D
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The study aimed to explore relationship between family functioning and
eating behaviors in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there is likely to
be positive relationship between family functioning and eating behaviors
in adolescents. It was also hypothesized that family functioning is likely to
be a predictor of eating behavior and the third hypothesis there are likely
to be the gender differences in family functioning and eating behaviors in
adolescents. The adolescent boys and girls of the government and private
colleges were selected with the age range of 13- 19 (M = 15.6, SD =
1.5).To assess the relationship, correlational research design was used.
Family functioning was assessed using Family Functioning Style Scale
consisted of 26 items by Dunst, Trivette, and Deal (1988). While the
eating behaviors were assessed using 51 items scale by Schulundt (2003).
The data were analyzed by computing Pearson Product Moment
Correlation, regression and t-test. The results showed non-significant
relationship between family functioning and eating behavior. Family
functioning was not significant predictor of eating behavior. Gender
differences were found in the family functioning and eating patterns of
adolescents. Girls have more maladaptive eating patterns than boys. The
study has limitations which were mentioned and suggestions are provided
for the better understanding of the issues of eating patterns in adolescents
in the Pakistani context.
Keywords: Family Functioning, Eating Behaviors, Adolescents.
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