Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Human Development, Consumer and Family Sciences
This study looked at the prevalence of eating disorders at South Dakota State University. Four hundred and sixty-five incoming traditional first-year students were surveyed using the National Eating Disorders Screening Program Screening Questionnaire. Results showed an overall prevalence rate of eating disorders at 5.2%. Females showed a 8.6% prevalence of bulimia which was significantly higher than the 1.8% prevalence of bulimia found in males. Residency in South Dakota and "hometown" size did not significantly affect prevalence rates. Attitudes placed more students in the maladaptive attitudes/behaviors category than did behaviors. Females showed higher prevalence of unhealthy attitudes than did males. Eating disorders are a problem at this university and in this rural state. Since students came to SDSU with eating disorders and maladaptive attitudes/behaviors, increased awareness and recognition of eating disorders is needed. Further research into effective treatment and prevention of eating disorders is essential.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
South Dakota State University -- Freshmen Eating disorders College freshmen -- Psychology
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Wilber, Melita, "Prevalence of Eating Disorders in Incoming Traditional First-year College Students" (1999). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 666.