Journal article

Longitudinal Bi-directional Effects of Disordered Eating, Depression and Anxiety

Francis Puccio, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, George Youssef, Sarah Mitchell, Michelle Byrne, Nick Allen, Isabel Krug

EUROPEAN EATING DISORDERS REVIEW | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The present study aims to explore the potentially longitudinal bi-directional effects of disordered eating (DE) symptoms with depression and anxiety. METHOD: Participants were 189 (49.5% male) adolescents from Melbourne, Australia. DE, depressive and anxiety symptoms were assessed at approximately 15, 16.5 and 18.5 years of age. RESULTS: Analysis of longitudinal bi-directional effects assessed via cross-lagged models indicated that DE symptoms of eating and shape/weight concerns were risk factors for anxiety. Results also showed that depression was a risk factor for eating concerns. CONCLUSION: Our findings provide preliminary evidence that preventative measures designed to target..

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