TitleSocial Dependency and Social Support in Bulimic and Nonbulimic Women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsJacobson R, Robins CJ
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
KeywordsBehavioral biology - Human behavior 12504, Hominidae [86215] Anthropology Human Medicine, Medical Sciences Behavior Human Ecology Neurology Nutrition Pathology Psychiatry Primates Mammalia Vertebrata Chordata Animalia 05500, Medical Sciences Human Medicine, Nervous system - Pathology 21002, Nutrition - Malnutrition and obesity 20506, Pathology - Diagnostic 13203, Psychiatry - Psychopathology, psychodynamics and therap, Social biology and human ecology 07004
AbstractWe tested the hypotheses that bulimic women would be characterized by a high degree of social dependency and low levels of social support and that bulimic and nonbulimic women would differ in the interaction of these two variables. A secondary hypothesis, derived from Boskind-White and White's feminist account of bulimia, was that bulimic women are characterized in particular by social dependency on men and a lack of social support from men. A group of 23 normal-weight bulimic women were compared with 38 control subjects and were found to differ only in that they reported more social dependency. There was no evidence that bulimics were lacking in social support, compared with controls, nor was there any relation between bulimia and the interaction of social dependency with social support. Contrary to Boskind-White and White's theory, both bulimic and nonbulimic women reported more social dependency on men than on women, and the size of this discrepancy was found to be equal for both samples.

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