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I riskzonen för ätstörningar II - visuo-perceptuell känslighet i relation till Weight Image

Levin, Cecilia (2004)
Department of Psychology
Abstract
Weight and body image seem to be predominant issues in the adolescent years, especially for girls, and obsessions with these may sometimes manifest in extreme ways as eating disorders. One symptom in these disorders is that the size of the body is grossly overestimated. This study hypothesizes that this may be linked to a neuropsychological component in the development of the individual Body Schema - i.e. the sensitivity level of visual perception - and that this may correlate with the Weight Image of young women. The participant group consisted of eighth-grade girls (N=39) at Fågelbäcksskolan, Trelleborg, who were tested with neuropsychological tests, Bender Visual Gestalt Test (BVGT) and Test for Visual Perceptual Skills [non-motor]... (More)
Weight and body image seem to be predominant issues in the adolescent years, especially for girls, and obsessions with these may sometimes manifest in extreme ways as eating disorders. One symptom in these disorders is that the size of the body is grossly overestimated. This study hypothesizes that this may be linked to a neuropsychological component in the development of the individual Body Schema - i.e. the sensitivity level of visual perception - and that this may correlate with the Weight Image of young women. The participant group consisted of eighth-grade girls (N=39) at Fågelbäcksskolan, Trelleborg, who were tested with neuropsychological tests, Bender Visual Gestalt Test (BVGT) and Test for Visual Perceptual Skills [non-motor] Upper-Level Revised, as well as given a survey on Weight Image. The study yielded a moderate (r =.326), significant (p=.043) correlation between sensitivity levels in visual perception, as measured by BVGT, and Weight Image, as well as significant results for BMI as a predictor for Weight Image. However, the correlation between BVGT and Weight Image was no longer significant when controlling for BMI, and a scatterplot on the relationship between BMI and BVGT showed that the correlation between BMI and visual perception was due to a few individuals with high BMI and many errors on BVGT. The results therefore cannot be said to support the hypothesis. Keywords : adolescence, visual perception, weight image, eating disorders (Less)
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author
Levin, Cecilia
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Psychology, Psykologi
language
Swedish
id
1356396
date added to LUP
2004-11-08
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2004-11-08
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  abstract     = {Weight and body image seem to be predominant issues in the adolescent years, especially for girls, and obsessions with these may sometimes manifest in extreme ways as eating disorders. One symptom in these disorders is that the size of the body is grossly overestimated. This study hypothesizes that this may be linked to a neuropsychological component in the development of the individual Body Schema - i.e. the sensitivity level of visual perception - and that this may correlate with the Weight Image of young women. The participant group consisted of eighth-grade girls (N=39) at Fågelbäcksskolan, Trelleborg, who were tested with neuropsychological tests, Bender Visual Gestalt Test (BVGT) and Test for Visual Perceptual Skills [non-motor] Upper-Level Revised, as well as given a survey on Weight Image. The study yielded a moderate (r =.326), significant (p=.043) correlation between sensitivity levels in visual perception, as measured by BVGT, and Weight Image, as well as significant results for BMI as a predictor for Weight Image. However, the correlation between BVGT and Weight Image was no longer significant when controlling for BMI, and a scatterplot on the relationship between BMI and BVGT showed that the correlation between BMI and visual perception was due to a few individuals with high BMI and many errors on BVGT. The results therefore cannot be said to support the hypothesis. Keywords : adolescence, visual perception, weight image, eating disorders},
  author       = {Levin, Cecilia},
  keyword      = {Psychology,Psykologi},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {I riskzonen för ätstörningar II - visuo-perceptuell känslighet i relation till Weight Image},
  year         = {2004},
}