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Protect me from my selfie: Examining the association between photo-based social media behaviors and self-reported eating disorders in adolescence

Lonergan, AR, Bussey, K, Fardouly, J, Griffiths, S, Murray, SB, Hay, P, Mond, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X, Trompeter, N and Mitchison, D 2020 , 'Protect me from my selfie: Examining the association between photo-based social media behaviors and self-reported eating disorders in adolescence' , International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 53, no. 5 , pp. 755-766 , doi: 10.1002/eat.23256.

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined whether social media behaviors were associated withhigher odds of meeting criteria for an eating disorder and whether gender moderatedthese relationships.Method: Australian adolescents (N = 4,209; 53.15% girls) completed the self-reportphoto investment and manipulation scales. Additional self-report items assessedavoidance of posting selfies and investment in others' selfies. Eating disorders wereidentified by the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire and other self-reportmeasures aligned with diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders-5criteria.Results: A multinomial logistic regression examining the effect of avoidance of posting selfies, photo investment, photo manipulation, and investment in others' selfieson the likelihood of meeting criteria for an eating disorder, compared to no disorder,was significant (χ2[42] = 1,128.93, p p = .025, OR = 1.74), whereby boys were morelikely to meet criteria for clinical/subclinical anorexia nervosa in the context ofgreater avoidance of posting selfies.Discussion: Appearance-related social media behaviors may be indicative of eatingdisorder risk. Implications for clinicians and advancements for social media screeningtools are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lonergan, AR and Bussey, K and Fardouly, J and Griffiths, S and Murray, SB and Hay, P and Mond, J and Trompeter, N and Mitchison, D
Keywords: adolescents, eating disorders, gender, selfies, social media
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Eating Disorders
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0276-3478
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/eat.23256
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