CENTER DIRECTOR AND STAFF PRESENT RESEARCH AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION

Dr. Trent Petrie and Center Staff Kayla Carrigan and Dr. Justine Chatterton presented their research on the intersection of sport and disordered eating.  Dr. Petrie and Ms. Carrigan presented a study on the relation of female athletes’ self-weighing behaviors to their body image concerns, dietary intent, negative affect and bulimic symptomatology.  Overall, the athletes who weighed themselves 3 or more times per week showed the most distress on all the measures.  Ms. Carrigan won the APA Division 47 Master’s Thesis Award for this study.  Drs. Petrie and Chatterton presented their research on the weighing behaviors of male collegiate athletes.  They found that only 18.3% of the athletes underwent mandatory team weigh-ins, though most of these weigh-ins were done in a public setting (e.g., in front of teammates).  Over 75% of the athletes were trying to either be more muscular or be a combination of lean and muscular.