Stressful life events experienced by academically high-achieving females before the onset of disordered eating

Jennifer Krafchek, Leonie Kronborg

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Abstract

Research on gifted and high-achieving students has shown that they experience some sources of stress that are different from those experienced by general students. This qualitative case study investigated the types of stressful life events experienced by academically high-achieving females before the onset of disordered eating in adolescence. Fourteen academically high-achieving females who had recovered from disordered eating were interviewed and completed a written survey. The results revealed that these high-achieving females reported stressful events in five areas before the onset of disordered eating symptoms. All participants reported stress related to academic issues, yet academic stress is rarely mentioned in the literature on stress and eating disorders. These findings have implications for both prevention and treatment of eating disorders among academically high-achieving females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalRoeper Review
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • academic achievement
  • academic stress
  • adolescents
  • eating disorders
  • females
  • gifted
  • high achievers
  • life events
  • peer bullying
  • qualitative research
  • stress
  • teacher bullying

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