Mumford and Whitehouse - Description

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  • Mumford & Whitehouse (1988)
    • Aim
      • To see if there were fewer instances of eating disorders in British Asian school girls than in their white counterparts
    • Procedure
      • Sample was 559 (204 Asians and 355 white) school girls from Bradford, aged 14-16.
      • Girls were given a eating attitude test (self reporting, 40-item questionnaire, scoring on a likert scale) and a body shape questionnaire to complete which was a measure of dissatisfaction of body shape.
        • If girls scored over 140 on the BSQ or over 20 on the EAT, they progressed onto an interview where details of their eating history were collected and examined to see if they had an ED.
          • 54 girls went on to be interviewed. There was only a 75% attendance rate in the interviews.
            • An ED was only diagnosed using DSM iii - R, after a discussion between the researchers, who were both male.
        • Primary data was collected from the questionnaires and interviews
    • Results
      • They found a significant difference in the mean scores of the EAT. Asian = 10.6 and White = 7.7
      • They found no significant difference in the mean scores of the BSQ. Asian = 73.3 and white = 70.3
      • Out of the girls who were interviewed, 7 Asian girlsand 2 white girls were diagnosed with builmia (significant difference).
      • Anorexia was diagnosed in 1 Asian girl and no white girls.
    • Conclusion
      • They concluded that Asian  schoolgirls showed a higher prevalence of bulimia and were more concerned about their weigh and the amount of food they eat.
        • This wasn't what they expected to find as they thought the prevalence of eating disorders were fewer in Asian school girls than their white counterparts.


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