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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (4): 657-665.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00657

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Eating disorders among adolescents: The form and mechanism of peer influence

ZHANG Tianyu, ZHANG Xiangkui()   

  1. School of Psychology, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
  • Received:2018-05-08 Online:2019-04-15 Published:2019-02-22
  • Contact: ZHANG Xiangkui


Peer influence is considered to be an important influential factor to eating disorders which are common among adolescents. Identifying the mechanism of adolescents’ eating disorders has great significance for the prevention and intervention. Peer influence which manifest as the mediating effects of the perceived peer behaviors, the actual peer behaviors and the body dissatisfaction, and as the peer quality has a negative impact on adolescents’ eating disorders. Researchers have explored and interpreted the mechanism of peer influence on adolescents’ eating disorders directly and indirectly. They should deepen the research content, such as increasing the studies on the long-term effects of peer influence, the division of peer attributes, the effect size of peer influence pathways, and the interactions between peer influence and other social factors of eating disorders in the future.

Key words: eating disorders, adolescents, peer influence

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