Attachment style and weight concerns in preadolescent and adolescent girls

Tamara M. Sharpe, Joel D. Killen, Susan W. Bryson, Catherine M. Shisslak, Linda S. Estes, Norma Cray, Marjorie Crago, C. Barr Taylor

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the association between attachment style and weight concerns, a major risk factor for eating disorders, in preadolescent and adolescent girls. Method: Three hundred and five female elementary and middle school students completed measures of attachment style and weight concerns. Results: Insecurely attached subjects reported higher weight concerns than did securely attached subjects. A greater proportion of insecurely attached subjects obtained 'at risk' weight concerns scores than securely attached subjects. Discussion: The findings suggest that attachment style may play an important role in the development of weight concerns, which, in turn, have been shown to be associated with the onset of eating disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Adolescent girls
  • Attachment style
  • Weight concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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