Perceived Discrimination and Binge Eating Disorder; Gender Difference in African Americans
AbstractEnvironmental stressors, such as perceived discrimination (PD), are linked to Binge Eating Disorder (BED). The current study investigated the association between PD and BED among African Americans, and the variation in such an association based on gender. Data of the National Survey of American Life (NSAL), 2001–2003, with a nationally-representative sample of African American adults, were used (n = 3516). The independent variable in the study was PD. The dependent variable was BED, measured using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI). Socio-demographics (age, education, employment, and marital status) were covariates, and gender was the moderator variable. Survey logistic regressions with and without gender × PD interaction terms were used for data analysis. In the pooled sample, PD was associated with higher odds of BED, net of socio-demographic factors. Models also showed a significant gender × PD interaction term suggesting a stronger association between PD and BED for women, compared to men. Gender specific models showed an association between PD and BED among female, but not male, African Americans. Although a link may exist between PD and BED among African Americans, the magnitude of this association depends on gender, with a stronger association among females than males. This finding is in line with the literature that has shown gender-specific consequences of environmental stress for African Americans. View Full-Text
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Assari, S. Perceived Discrimination and Binge Eating Disorder; Gender Difference in African Americans. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 89.
Assari S. Perceived Discrimination and Binge Eating Disorder; Gender Difference in African Americans. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2018; 7(5):89.Chicago/Turabian Style
Assari, Shervin. 2018. "Perceived Discrimination and Binge Eating Disorder; Gender Difference in African Americans." J. Clin. Med. 7, no. 5: 89.
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