Characteristics of adolescents at risk for compulsive overeating on a brief screening test.

A. R. Marston, D. F. Jacobs, R. D. Singer, K. F. Widaman, T. D. Little

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As part of a large survey of addictive behavior in high school students, 43% of a sample of 278 (26% of the males, 57% of the females) scored above the cutoff point set by Overeaters Anonymous on their scale for assessing compulsive overeating. While this at-risk group did not report poorer general adjustment, health, or school achievement than did the students not at risk, they did significantly more often perceive their life quality and relationship with the person closest to them as less positive. The at-risk subsample indicated the defensive effectiveness of overeating in their significantly more frequent report of dissociative experiences while eating, and less severe ratings of insecurity, worrying, and daydreaming. One of the most salient findings was the at-risk students' more frequent report of addictive problems in their parents (overeating, alcohol and drug use, and gambling).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
Issue number89
StatePublished - Mar 1988


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