Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Psychology

Second Advisor

Copyright © 2014 Ashley Marie Rolnik

Third Advisor

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Abstract

The present study examines disordered eating, sorority social norms regarding the body and thinness, personal values regarding the body and thinness, body dissatisfaction, thin ideal internalization, fat talk, negative affect, and positive affect among sorority and non-sorority women. The aims of this study are to discern the underlying factor structures of the sorority/group social norms questionnaires and the personal values regarding the body and thinness questionnaire, investigate disordered eating among sorority and non-sorority women over time, and further examine the impact of social norms on sorority women's body and eating attitudes and behaviors. The results of this research illustrated three main findings. First, sorority women did not differ from non-sorority women on eating pathology. Second, fat talk, personal values regarding the body and thinness, and body mass index predict increased disordered eating over time in the general college population of women. Third, the sorority and group social norms scale, as well as the personal values regarding the body and thinness measure, were all developed and validated in this research. Additionally, the sorority/group social norms questionnaires and the personal values regarding the body and thinness questionnaire were validated.

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