The family represents a highly specific social context within which attitudes and behaviors related to weight, appearance and eating are developed. Therefore, studies to understand the family's role in eating disorders are necessary. The aim of this paper was to study three dimensions of family life which are relevant for eating disorders: parental attitudes toward weight, family dynamics and eating patterns. Sixteen families participated -mother, father and daughter with eating disorder -, they were given three tests; one of family environment (FES) (Moos y Moos, 1986), another about attitudes toward body shape (CIMEC) (Toro, Salamero y Martlnez, 1994) and a questionnaire of eating patterns. The results show that there is a similarity between mothers and daughters about family perceptions and eating patterns.The daughters were more vulnerable in front of socials stereotypes than their parents and they differed significantly with their father in their eating patterns. The fathers seem to encourage organization and achievement.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1997|
- Eating disorders
- Role of family