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Melissa Riegel, 2014
Many factors influence binge eating behaviors in adolescents. This study investigated parenting style as an associated factor, with particular emphasis on strict parenting. Using self-report measures from the Project EAT-II Survey for High School Students, adolescents classified their parents as strict or not strict, compared with their peers’ parents. The adolescents were then classified as either exhibiting binge eating behaviors or not, based on the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE-1). The findings showed no statistically significant association between strict parenting and binge eating behaviors in adolescents. Among other outcomes, this finding can help shift the blame away from parents of adolescents with eating disorders.
My research project I completed this past summer has influenced my plans for the future. I came into this experience with little knowledge on eating disorders, which are prevalent within our society. What I have come out with is a new major, a potential profession, and loads of knowledge on the outcomes of disordered eating among adolescents. I was able to pair my interests in psychiatric disorders with my plan to work with children and adolescents in a clinical setting. Along with my research, I was able to shadow numerous doctors in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Adolescent Division and outpatient treatment centers.
Now, I work in my same clinical research lab in CHOP, ten hours per week, receiving academic credit. I am working on my new research project and plan to complete it in May of 2012. The PURM program has enabled me to discover my new passion in clinical psychology and psychiatry, and I hope to continue working with CURF and my research team up until I graduate.