Perfectionism and eating disturbances in Korean immigrants: Moderating effects of acculturation and ethnic identity

Carina Chan, Youngeun Ku, Richard Owens

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Korean society highly values personal appearance. Given the established links between perfectionism and eating disorders in Western countries, the present project investigated such links and the extent to which these were moderated by the acculturation patterns of the participants. Korean immigrants to New Zealand (N = 123) completed measures of perfectionism, ethnic identity, eating disorders, and social desirability. Positive and negative perfectionism were associated with eating-disorder symptoms. For males, but not females, negative perfectionism was more strongly associated with increased body satisfaction only among those who identified strongly as Korean.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293 - 302
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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