Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

Document Type

Chapman access only Poster

Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Veronica Hefner

Abstract

The impact of eating disorders has led to online communities such as pro-anorexia websites. This study examines the relationship between the type of social media use and reports of eating disorders and compulsive exercising. There were 262 participants, comprising of men and women, from Chapman University, as well as participants gathered through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They were assessed through the Compulsive Exercise Test (Goodwin, Haycraft, Taranis & Meyer, 2011) which was used to evaluate exercise habits and through EAT-26 (Garner, Olmsted, Bohr, & Garfinkel, 1982) which was used to evaluate overall eating habits as well as questionnaires regarding the use of traditional blogs, micro-blogs, mobile applications. Use of mobile applications and micro blogs was significantly associated with reports of disordered eating. Traditional blogs were not statistically significant with disordered eating. On the other hand, use of mobile applications was significantly associated with reports of compulsive exercising. Traditional blogs and micro blogs were not statistically significant with compulsive exercising.

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Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.

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