Evidence-based disordered eating prevention programs for active females

Jacalyn J. Robert-McComb, Anna M. Tacón

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In this chapter, the authors discuss the role that self-concept plays as a modulator in disordered eating. While there are many models for selfconcept, all models recognize that the development of positive self-esteem is multidimensional and an individual’s perception of self can be affected by the environment in both positive and negative ways. Effective prevention and intervention programs must recognize the importance of enhanced self-esteem and embrace the development of this concept in their programs for positive health behavior change. Numerous theoretical frameworks have been proposed to explain and predict the process of health behavior change. The Transtheoretical Model (TTM) developed by Prochaska and DiClemente as a model of intentional behavior change is highlighted in this chapter. Targeted educational programs to prevent disordered eating for female athletes are presented and contact information for more details for research based effective programs are provided in a summary format.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Active Female
Subtitle of host publicationHealth Issues Throughout the Lifespan, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781461488842
ISBN (Print)9781461488835
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Prevention programs for eating disorders
  • Transtheoretical model


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