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Chelsi Day (Committee Member), Larry James (Committee Member), Christopher Modica (Committee Member), Julie Williams (Committee Chair)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Eating disorders are a common psychological disorder with athletes being at a higher risk. The rates of clinical and subclinical (i.e. subthreshold, partial diagnosis, or other specified feeding and eating disorder in DSM-5). There are several sport-specific risk factors that increase the prevalence rate of clinical and subclinical eating disorders and body image concerns. Several eating disorder development models exist for the general population, but one specific sport specific factor: coaches, has been left out, despite their significant impact on athletes. This study examined the relationship between coaching behaviors, eating disorder symptomology, and body image concerns. Potential moderators of teammate pressures, self-esteem, and performance pressures were also examined. 160 NCAA Division 1 student-athletes completed the survey. Results demonstrated a significant relationship between coaching behavior and eating disorder symptomology and body dissatisfaction. Additionally, teammate pressures were found to moderate the relationship between coaching behaviors and eating disorder symptomology. Clinical implications, limitations, and future research directions were discussed.

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Department or Program

School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons