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Fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns among adolescents: the moderating effects of gender and weight status

Trompeter, N, Bussey, K, Hay, P, Mond, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X, Murray, SB, Lonegran, A, Griffiths, S, Pike, K and Mitchson, D 2018 , 'Fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns among adolescents: the moderating effects of gender and weight status' , Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 47, no. 7 , pp. 1398-1408 , doi: 10.1007/s10964-018-0872-z.

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Abstract

Fear of negative evaluation has been linked with weight/shape concerns among adults, however, similar research among adolescents is lacking. We investigated the relationship between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns, including the moderating roles of gender and body mass index (BMI) in adolescents. Participant were 4045 Australian adolescents (53.7% girls) aged 11-19 years (Mage = 14 years 11 months), who completed a self-report questionnaire about weight/shape concerns, fear of negative evaluation, and weight and height. Results showed a positive association between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns, with the association being stronger among girls. Furthermore, the association between fear of negative evaluation and weight/shape concerns was stronger among adolescents with higher BMIs, especially so for boys. These results highlight the role of fear of negative evaluation in weight/shape concerns and suggest potential avenues for prevention programs.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Trompeter, N and Bussey, K and Hay, P and Mond, J and Murray, SB and Lonegran, A and Griffiths, S and Pike, K and Mitchson, D
Keywords: fear of negative evaluation, weight and shape concerns, body image, adolescence, eating disorders
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Publisher: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publ
ISSN: 0047-2891
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10964-018-0872-z
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