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Title: Eating disorders : are models at risk?
Authors: Briffa, Niomi
Keywords: Models (Persons)
Eating disorders
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Briffa, N. (2009). Eating disorders : are models at risk? (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: This study is aimed at investigating the behaviours and attitudes which could lead to eating disorders in a total population of a Maltese modelling school. The objectives of this research are focused on exploring and comparing the attitudes and behaviours outlined between genders and age groups. The entire population (N=45) of a modelling school was investigated, and a response rate of 89% was achieved. Participants were categorised into groups; males (n=l 1), females (n=29), adolescents (n=16) and young adults (n=24). A cross-sectional, non-experimental design was utilised in this study, in which a self administered structured questionnaire was used as a tool for data collection. For this research study, all the data was evaluated by the use of SPSS (v.17 .0.) The quantitative and categorical data collected was examined descriptively and presented in percentages, tables and graphs. The results of the study revealed that 22.5% of the modelling students were at a possible risk of developing an eating disorder. It was also noted that from both genders, males were the group with the highest prevalence of disordered eating attitudes and behaviours. On the other hand, when age groups were compared, young adults showed a higher association with attitudes and behaviours which could lead to eating disorders than adolescents. Several recommendations for supplementary research were made, which include the use of larger samples, and utilisation of different instruments for collection of data. The research study enhanced the insight into the eating attitudes and behaviours of fashion models. However, it is recommended that further research related to this subject should be conducted in the future, so that with the collaboration of health promotion strategies; the education and health systems are enhanced.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 2009
Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2009

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