Comparisons between African American girls' and parents' perceptions of girls' weight concerns and weight control behaviors

William T. Dalton, Lisa M. Klesges, Bettina M. Beech, Katherine M. Kitzmann, Allison E. Kent, Katherine D.Veazey Morris

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Abstract

Weight concerns and weight control behaviors were evaluated among sixty 8-10 year-old African American girls and their parents/caregivers. Girls completed the McKnight Risk Factor Survey and parents completed a modified version regarding perceptions of their daughters' concerns and behaviors. Significant correlations between girls' and parents' were seen for Overconcern with Weight and Shape (r = .56) and Weight Control Behaviors (r = .33). Parents' correctly identified 72% of girls' responses for Overconcern with Weight and Shape, 60% for Binge, 85% for Purging and 58% for Weight Control Behaviors scales using clinical cutoffs. However, more stringent agreement coefficients indicated generally poor concordance between girls and parents. The modified McKnight may be useful for assessing awareness of these issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-246
Number of pages16
JournalEating Disorders
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

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