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Body image and behavior in NCAA division III female athletes involved in team sports in the midwest
Sears, Leigh A.

2007, Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Physical Activity and Educational Services.
Researchers suggest the strongest influences on body image are sociocultural factors. The pressure to be thin and feminine creates anxiety, which may lead to risky dietary and exercise behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that lead to risky eating and exercise behavior in female athletes. NCAA Division III female college athletes, 18-23, participated. A web-based host site where respondents obtained a copy of the survey was used; participants completed and submitted the survey electronically. Outcome variables were excessive exercise and disordered eating. Predictor variables included: body image, social physique anxiety (SPA), athletic identity, traditional sex role, internalization of sociocultural attitudes, self-esteem, and participant demographics. SPA was a significant predictor for risky eating (Nagelkerke R2 = .124). The linear combination of the three variables (self-esteem, body mass index, and SPA) were significant predictors for excessive exercise (R2 = .475, F = (3,522) = 159.096, p = .000, ç2 = .477.) It was observed that those with a higher SPA also had higher BMI's and were more likely to perform in risky eating behaviors than excessive exercise.
Janet Buckworth (Advisor)
170 p.

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