Dysfunctional eating behaviors in adolescents: a SDT perspective

Federica Papa, Alessia Capo, Helena Danesvalle, Francesca De Francesco, Maria Pia Dini, Virginia Di Pietro, Fabiola Donato, Maria Chiara Errigo, Angela M. C. Fichera, Alice Foderaro, Cristina Foti, Dotorea Franchina Rocco, Chiara Galletta, Marta Garro, Martina Gazzara, Alessandra Geria, Chiara Giunta, Laura Giunta, MariaHelena Giunta, Emanuela Gonciaruk, Maria Francesca Iannò, Adriana Iannolo, Martina Inferrera, Francesca Ingegnere, Teresa Ingegnere, Sonia Iorco, Arianna Isgrò, Angelo Manuel La Valle, Vittoria Latella, Greta Letizia


Background: his paper contains four research contributions made by psychology students within the theoretical framework of Self-Determination Theory.
Method: The aim was to investigate the relation between dysfunctional eating behaviors and some related variables, such as basic psychological needs, psychological control, alcohol abuse, body self-esteem, relation anxiety, emotional dysregulation, restrained and emotional eating in 322 adolescents. For each of the variables to be investigated, specific self-report scales were administered.
Results: The studies show how satisfaction/frustration of basic psychological needs and emotional dysregulation affect the eating behavior of adolescents. Relationship anxiety, lower satisfaction of basic needs, along with changes in body image, lead to alcohol abuse and emotional eating, especially in females who report higher scores in emotional eating than male adolescents.
Conclusions: Further implications of these results for understanding the dysfunctional eating behaviors in adolescents are discussed in the conclusions section of this paper.

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