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MSc THESIS DEFENCE Patti Pattenden

Patti Pattenden
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: CH&E Classroom, Room 409
Title: Disordered eating behaviour and depressive symptoms among Nova Scotia youth
Abstract: Prevalence rates for adolescent depressive symptoms differ significantly between
males and females. Explanatory models are unable to adequately clarify why this
difference exists. To enhance understanding of gender differences, the role of
intrapersonal risk factors body dissatisfaction (BD) and disordered eating
behaviour (DEB) were investigated using secondary data from a sample of high
school students.
Results showed that 32.4% of females and 20.6% of males experienced
depressive symptoms over the past week. Both genders were at an increased risk
for depressive symptoms if they had BD (OR male 1.71, OR female 1.39) or DEB
(OR male 3.35, OR female 3.40). Findings indicated that males and females
shared similar rather than differing risk behaviour profiles in relation to
depressive symptoms with respect to BD and DEB. Explanations for the increased
prevalence rates evident among adolescent females when compared to males


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


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