Body Image in a Sample of Adult African American Males and Females with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)
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Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects developmental maturation causing a delay in secondary sex characteristics associated with puberty. There is little data on the impact of SCD on body image, a well-established risk factor for eating disorders among young women. Body dissatisfaction combined with environmental stressors and negative affect may place some men and women with SCD at a higher risk problematic eating behaviors or body change strategies in an attempt to achieve a more idealized body type. The present exploratory study examined the potential associations between SCD, body image, and eating disorders, and provided preliminary data to guide the directions of future investigations.
KeywordsSickle cell disease Body image Pain Gender Body dissatisfaction
We would like the thank Linda Weaver and the team in hematology for their efforts and support in completing the current research project.
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