Trans-cultural aspects of eating disorders in caucasian Australian, Asian Australian and Thai youths

Piangchai Sindhunakorn Jennings

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    [Truncated abstract]Scope: This thesis centred on a number of cross-cultural studies which investigated eating disorders attitudes, psychopathology, and prevalence of eating disorders in Caucasian Australian, Asian Australian and Thai youth. The successful completion of this work required, amongst many other activities, the development of Thai versions of the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI-2) and Eating Disorder Inventory-Symptom Checklist (EDI-SC) and importantly international collaborations, which enabled the uses of multi-research locations in Australia and Thailand. In all five studies were carried out, resulting in three published/accepted papers and three papers under review. Aims: This thesis investigated the eating disorders (ED) attitudes and psychopathology and prevalence of eating disorders in Caucasian Australian, Asian Australian and Thai youth. It also assessed the relationship between acculturation and eating disorders in Asian Australian adolescents and young women. Other aims included reliability and validity testing of the test instruments both the English and Thai versions. Methods: Recently published mental health and anthropological papers concerning eating disorders, culture of thinness in Caucasians in western societies and Asians in their own countries and in western societies were reviewed (Chapters 1 and 2). A cross-sectional self-report survey method was used in a series of studies (Chapter 3). The testing instruments included two screening tests: the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI-2) as well as the Eating Disorders Inventory-Symptom Checklist (EDI-SC) and an Acculturation Index and Ethnics scale. Participants of the five studies were in three settings; private high school students in Perth, Western Australia, female university students in Perth, Western Australia, and female and male university students in Bangkok Thailand...
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2006

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