Acculturation process and its effects on dietary habits, nutritional behavior and body-image in adolescents

Škreblin, Lana and Sujoldžić, Anita (2003) Acculturation process and its effects on dietary habits, nutritional behavior and body-image in adolescents. Collegium Antropologicum, 27 (2). pp. 469-477. ISSN 0350-6134

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Previous studies have indicated that the acculturation process may contribute to psychosocial and health problems among immigrants through the mediation of acculturation stress. This study focuses on adolescents with immigrant background permanently settled in the Croatian region of Dalmatia and the influences of the acculturation process on their dietary habits, nutritional behavior and perceived body-image. The survey was conducted on the total sample of 510 adolescents (aged 14-19) including 52 first generation and 248 second generation immigrants. The analysis included dietary habits and questions of restrictive diet as indicators of unhealthy influence on physical health. Psychological factors (stress and self-esteem) have been found to be associated with dietary habits, diet behavior and dissatisfaction with body-image among adolescents with significant differences by immigrant status. Immigrant status is viewed as a risk factor for psychological distress and unhealthy dieting behavior. Research stresses the need to study the interaction between acculturation and health not only from an individual perspective, but also from the broader socio-ecological context of population subgroups.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English. – Title in Croatian: Utjecaj akulturacijskog procesa na prehrambene navike, prehrambeno ponašanje i percepciju vlastitog izgleda adolescenta.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anthropology, acculturation process, nutrition, body-image, adolescents
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 12:30

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