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Impact of Relationship Status on the Association Between Sexual Orientation and Disordered Eating in Men

Title: The Impact of Relationship Status on the Association Between Sexual Orientation and Disordered Eating in Men.
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Name(s): Brown, Tiffany A., author
Keel, Pamela K., professor directing thesis
Joiner, Thomas E., committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Sexual orientation has emerged as a consistent and specific risk factor for eating pathology in men, with bisexual and gay (BG) men having higher rates of eating pathology than heterosexual men. One theoretical explanation for this association posits that BG men may feel pressure to obtain a lean physique to attract a male partner, leaving them vulnerable to disordered eating. However, the related implication that being in a relationship should serve as a protective factor against eating pathology in BG men has not yet been examined. The current study utilized a community-based sample of BG (n=42) and heterosexual men (n=536) to examine whether relationship status and relationship satisfaction moderate the effect of sexual orientation on disordered eating in men. Single BG men had increased disordered eating compared to single heterosexual men, while no differences were found for BG and heterosexual men in relationships. Among men in relationships, satisfaction with that relationship was not related to disordered eating; instead dissatisfaction with friendships and, to a greater degree, work predict disordered eating for BG, but not heterosexual men, in relationships. Results imply that being in a relationship is a protective factor for disordered in BG men. Among men in relationships, satisfaction with friends and work are additional protective factors.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2910 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: June 13, 2011.
Keywords: Sexual Orientation, Disordered Eating, Men
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Pamela K. Keel, Professor Directing Thesis; Thomas E. Joiner, Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-2910
Owner Institution: FSU

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Brown, T. A. (2011). The Impact of Relationship Status on the Association Between Sexual Orientation and Disordered Eating in Men. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-2910