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Honors Project




Women college athletes-Psychology, Perfectionism (Personality trait), Eating disorders in women, Athletics, Disordered eating


Perfectionism, characterized by the setting of excessively high standards, has often been associated with disordered eating behavior. However, the nature of these relationships can be inconsistent, with Achievement Striving being fairly consistently associated with disordered eating, yet Evaluative Concerns fluctuating in its association with these outcomes. This study examined whether athletic participation was a contributing factor to this inconsistency, and also looked at the intercorrelation between Achievement Striving and Evaluative Concerns. Six hundred and three undergraduate women at two small liberal arts colleges participated. Results indicated that sport type moderated the relationship between Evaluative Concerns and eating attitudes and behaviors, suggesting that sport type may account for some of the inconsistency surrounding Evaluative Concerns in the literature. Evaluative Concerns fully accounted for the relationship between Achievement Striving and eating attitudes. Evaluative Concerns also partially accounted for the relationship between Achievement Striving and body dissatisfaction, but changed the nature of this relationship from a negative one to a positive one. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.




[44] p. Honors project-Smith College, 2013. Includes bibliographical references.