Attitude and knowledge changes in collegiate dancers following a short-term, team-centered prevention program on eating disorders

Toni M. Torres-McGehee, James M. Green, Deidre Leaver-Dunn, James D. Leeper, Phillip A. Bishop, Mark T. Richardson

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Abstract

Eating knowledge, nutritional knowledge, and psychological changes among female collegiate dancers were examined before and after a 4-wk. team-centered program on sport nutrition, exercise, and disordered eating consequences. Collegiate female dancers from two NCAA Division I institutions participated in a control (n = 19; M age = 19.1 yr., SD = 1.0) or intervention (n = 21; M age = 19.2 yr., SD = 1.2) group. Measures were administered to both groups before and after intervention to assess eating disorders, depression, and nutritional and disordered eating knowledge. There was a statistically significant increase in scores on nutritional and overall eating disorder knowledge in the intervention group compared to the control group. Mean scores on depression, drive for thinness, body dissatisfaction, and maturity fears decreased in the intervention group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-725
Number of pages15
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume112
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

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