Research Article on Attitude Change for Eating Disorders

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Essay #: 052729
Total text length is 2,438 characters (approximately 1.7 pages).

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Research Article on Attitude Change for Eating Disorders
Introduction
Wiseman, Sunday, Bortolotti, and Halmi (2004) conducted a study of the efficacy of preventing eating disorders among adolescent girls in the U.S. and Italy through the mechanism of attitude change. The study discovered that an attitude change intervention consisting of repetition and cognitive dissonance was able to move the Italian group away from its baseline Drive for Thinness (DT) and some other cognitive precursors of eating disorders, but did not impact the U.S. group, raising the importance of ethnic and sociocultural differences in the study of methods of preventing disorders.
Past Theories
There is a large body of work on eating disorders, particularly among...
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.....to a letter to a friend explaining why self-esteem should not be grounded in appearance.
There were 138 participants in Italy and 50 in the U.S. All participants were female high school sophomores of what the authors call normal weight, although only the U.S. group had its BMI data collected. In both Italy and the U.S, the group was divided equally between a control group and a group targeted for intervention. The group targeted for intervention was exposed to six lectures by experts in eating disorders, whereas the control group received lectures on similar topics from their existing health teachers. At the end of the second lecture, students in the intervention group were directed to write a letter to a friend on the topic of why a person