Eating disorders among a community-based sample of Chilean female adolescents
Granillo, M. Teresa
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Citation (published version)M Teresa Granillo, Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Jorge Delva, Marcela Castillo. 2011. "Eating Disorders Among a Community-Based Sample of Chilean Female Adolescents." JOURNAL OF RESEARCH ON ADOLESCENCE, v. 21, Issue 4, pp. 762 - 768 (7). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00733.x
The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence and correlates of eating disorders among a community-based sample of female Chilean adolescents. Data were collected through structured interviews with 420 female adolescents residing in Santiago, Chile. Approximately 4% of the sample reported ever being diagnosed with an eating disorder. Multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that those with higher symptoms of anxiety and who had tried cigarettes were significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Findings indicate that Chilean female adolescents are at risk of eating disorders and that eating disorders, albeit maladaptive, may be a means to cope with negative affect, specifically anxiety.