Internalizing Antecedents and Consequences of Binge-Eating Behaviors in a Community-Based, Urban Sample of African American Females
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The etiology of problem-eating behaviors is often overlooked in research as it typically shares many symptoms with other more common psychiatric illnesses. Binge-eating problems are at the forefront of the popular media because of the connection to obesity; therefore, increased knowledge of binge eating problems, particularly the internalizing antecedents and consequences will have implications in a multitude of domains, including prevention programs aimed at physical and mental health. The current study examines the antecedents of binge-eating behaviors by exploring how the growth of internalizing symptoms influences the proximal outcome of a binge-eating inventory in a longitudinal sample of African American girls. Additional consequences of binge-eating problems are also explored. This study focuses on binge-eating problems in order to present valuable information for prevention scientists who wish to develop target individuals at high risk for internalizing problems such as suicide.
KeywordsEating disorders Binge eating Suicide African American Trajectories Internalizing
This research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH057005 to Nicholas S. Ialongo, PI, T-32MH018834 to Nicholas S. Ialongo, PI, and T-32MH014592 to Peter Zandi, PI), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R37DA11796), and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (T71MC08054). We thank the Baltimore City Public Schools for the collaborative efforts and the parents, children, teachers, principals, and school psychologists and social workers who participated.
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