Drive for thinness, bulimia and body dissatisfaction in Turkish ballet dancers and ballerinas


ÖZGEN L. , KISAC İ.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol.1, no.1, pp.2218-2221, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.390
  • Title of Journal : Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Page Numbers: pp.2218-2221
  • Keywords: Drive for thinness, bulimia, body dissatisfactions, ballet dancer and ballerinas

Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate drive for thinness, bulimia and body dissatisfaction in Turkish ballet dancers and ballerinas with respect to body mass index (BMI) category and gender. The study sample of the research is consisted of 215 ballet dancers and ballerinas who were recruited randomly from State Conservatories in some cities of Turkey. Multidimensional Eating Behaviors Inventory which was developed by the researchers was used to collect data. Results on BMI indicated that thin weight ballet dancers and ballerinas have significantly higher means about drive for thinness and bulimia than normal weight ballet dancers and ballerinas. There was no significant difference on body dissatisfaction. When findings were analyzed according to gender, it was found that ballerinas have higher means on drive for thinness and bulimia than ballet dancers. However, it was not found any significant difference between ballet dancers and ballerinas on body dissatisfaction. © 2009.