Objective: To test whether gender and parental factors moderate the relationships between symptoms of eating disorder (ED) and other psychiatric symptoms. Methods: A total of 5,015 new entrants completed several questionnaires and 541individuals with ED symptoms were identified by the Adult Self-Report Inventory-4 that assessed a wide range of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition psychopathology. The participants also reported on their parents' attitude toward them before their ages of 16. Results: ED symptoms, female gender, less parental care, and more parental protection were associated with more severe co-occurring psychiatric symptoms. Gender and parental factors also demonstrated differential moderating effects on the relationships between ED and co-occurring psychiatric symptoms. Conclusions: Parenting counseling may be individualized to young adults with ED symptoms and different co-occurring psychiatric symptoms.
- Co-occurring psychiatric symptoms
- College students
- Eating symptoms
- Parenting style
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology