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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Roger G. Baldwin


The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an educational program about the selected subjects of basic nutrition, body composition, and management of eating and exercise behaviors on reducing attitudes associated with bulimia in college-aged women.;One hundred and fifty first year women at the University of Richmond in Virginia were invited to participate in a brief yet comprehensive instructional program designed to provide information about eating and exercise behaviors and to enhance self-esteem and foster positive feelings about the physical self.;An instrument called the Body Cathexis Scale was used to measure any changes that might have occurred as a result of this program.;A two-factor analysis of variance was used to analyze results of the study. Responses from individual interviews were also used to assess the effectiveness of this program.;It was hypothesized that the subjects exposed to the educational intervention program would exhibit greater changes in cathexis scale scores than those subjects who were not exposed.;It was concluded from the analyses performed that the subjects exposed to the intervention program exhibited a significantly greater positive change in cathexis scale scores than those who were not exposed to the program. The data support the conclusion that the educational intervention program was significant in reducing the attitudes associated with bulimic behavior.;Further study is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of this program compared to others of a similar nature. In addition, an evaluation of the effects of this type of program upon men and women of all ages is needed.



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