Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 309–324 | Cite as

Quality of Family Relationships as Protective Factors of Eating Disorders: An Investigation Amongst Italian Teenagers

Article

Abstract

The study here presented aims to investigate the links between quality of family relationships and some prodromes in eating disorders. A sample of 1,083 subjects took part in the study by filling PBI, FACES and EDI questionnaires. In order to clarify the role played by family relationships in the onset of EDs, two subgroups (high risklow risk) were individuated by using the EDI cut-offs as discriminator factors and tested separately from the main sample. The results revealed some significant relationships between the analysed dimensions. It was shown that by increasing the values from the parents’ caring style scale and the real family’s cohesiveness scale the probability for subjects to fall into the high risk group decreases. Also, by increasing the family adaptability’s values, an increase of the probability for subjects to fall into the high risk group occurs. These results support the implementation of preventive and therapeutic plans to promote health and quality of life of adolescence.

Keywords

Quality of family relationships Risk of eating disorder Health promotion Prevention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Lampis
    • 1
  • Mirian Agus
    • 1
  • Barbara Cacciarru
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, PhilosophyUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly

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