Social Support, Academic Problems and Eating Behaviors in female University Students

Author: Saima Nawaz

Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of this research was to find the predictive relationship of academic problems, social support and eating behaviors in academic problems of female university students. It was hypothesized that social support and academic problems are the predictors of eating behaviors while controlling for demographic variables. Purposive sampling technique was used for data collection. Sample size was 150 (all female university students) taken from four different institutes/ departments of a large public university of Lahore. The participants were students of masters and graduation belonging to different field of studies. Adult Eating Behavior Questionnaire (Schlundt, 2003), Berlin Social Support Scale (Berlin, 2003), and Life Events Questionnaire (Norbeck, 1984) were used for data collection. Data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation and hierarchical multiple regression analysis. Age and mothers’ education related significantly with eating behaviors and were entered as control variables in regression analysis. Findings suggest positive relationship between social support and eating behaviors and negative relationship between academic problems and eating behaviors. Furthermore, hierarchical regression indicated that need for support and support seeking were predictor of eating behaviors whereas academic problems were not significant predictor of eating behaviors.

Keywords: Social Support, Academic Problems, Eating Behaviors.

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