Co-Occurring Eating and Psychiatric Symptoms in Taiwanese College Students: Effects of Gender and Parental Factors

Mei Chih Meg Tseng, Susan Shur Fen Gau, Wan Ling Tseng, Hai Gwo Hwu, Ming Been Lee

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-237
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Co-occurring psychiatric symptoms
  • College students
  • Eating symptoms
  • Parenting style

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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