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Dysfunctional eating behaviors, anxiety, and depression in Italian boys and girls: the role of mass media

Barbara Barcaccia, Viviana Balestri, Angelo Maria Saliani, Roberto Baiocco, Francesco Mancini, Barry H. Schneider

ABSTRACT: Extensive research has implicated identification with characters in mass media in the emergence of disordered eating behavior in adolescents. We explored the possible influence of the models offered by television (TV) on adolescents’ body image, body uneasiness, eating-disordered behavior, depression, and anxiety. Methods: Three hundred and one adolescents (aged 14-19) from southern Italy participated. They ...

Journal Article: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, 2017.