The Relationship between Social Physique Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders with Eating Problems among Adolescent

Authors

1 Department of Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery School, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran.

2 MSc in statistics, School of health Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran

3 Psychological School, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran.

Abstract

Introduction
Social physique anxiety (SPA) and Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) are highly correlated and have been considered to be important in understanding eating problems. However
SPA and OCD have not been directly studied with respect to eating problems. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the relationship between SPA and OCD and measures of eating problems.
Materials and Methods
This cross-sectional analytical study was done on 100 adolescent girls in Isfahan-Iran. The girls completed questionnaires measuring Social physique anxiety scale (SPAS, 17-item), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (30- item) and Eating problems (31-item). Data were analyzed by the statistical tests of Pearson correlation coefficient, Student’s t-test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and regression through SPSS version 14.
Results
The mean age of students was 15.1+ 2.3, 53% had normal Body mass index (BMI) and 83% of them had moderate economical status. There was a positive correlation between the rate of eating problems symptoms with OCD (P<0.05, r= 0.365). Also, there was a positive correlation between the rate of eating problems symptoms with SPA, too (P<0.05, r= 0.360).
Conclusion
The results indicate that SPA and OCD appears to be a useful construct for understanding eating problems in girls adolescent.

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