Prevention: Current Status and Underlying Theory

Meghan M. Sinton and C. Barr Taylor

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Prevention: Current Status and Underlying Theory


Eating disorders (EDs) are important and common problems among adolescents and young women, and preventing them would be an important public health achievement. Fortunately, several recent studies, informed by cross-sectional, longitudinal, and clinical risk factor research, have evidenced a significant decrease in ED risk factors, with two programs also achieving a significant reduction in ED onset within at-risk females. The present chapter reviews and evaluates the state of ED prevention research, highlighting current theoretical approaches and effective programs, emphasizing emerging empirical support for cognitive dissonance, Internet, school-based, and combined ED and obesity prevention programs. Conclusions about how to enhance recent progress in the field of EDs are provided.

Keywords: cognitive dissonance; moderators and mediators; prevention psychoeducation; risk factors

Article.  17744 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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