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Survey: 2013: SSWs Role in Eating Disorder Prevention
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School Social Worker's Role in Eating Disorder Prevention

In response to the increased incidence of eating disorders along with the increased prevalence of body image and eating disturbances among younger and younger females, more attention has been given to eating disorder prevention programming over the past two decades. However, the field of eating disorder prevention is in its formative years and is in need of more empirical study. Primary prevention programs in the literature have used school-based approaches as practical and efficient methods for reaching large numbers of girls who are in vulnerable stages of physical, psychological, and social development. Middle school is one of those vulnerable stages for girls. Despite the recent emphasis on curriculum development for eating disorder prevention, there is a lack of evidence regarding which school personnel are best suited to have a preventive role. Additionally, a thorough review of the literature on school-based eating disorder prevention programming has revealed that prevention programming overlooks the role of school social workers in these prevention efforts.  

Thus, it is critical to understand the extent of school social workers’ awareness of, degree of knowledge about, and attitudes towards the body image concerns and eating practices of middle-school aged girls. Your participation in this study will assist to fill a gap in an area of eating disorder prevention. Please click on the following link to access a 26 item survey along with 10 demographic questions: Link: Clicking on the link indicates your consent to participate in this study. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. This survey study is being conducted for the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. No identifying information is asked, your participation in this study is anonymous. However, if you are interested in entering for a chance to be selected for one of three $20 Visa e-gift card as compensation for your participation, please send an e-mail address to E-mail addresses will be deleted once winning participants have been selected. Results of this study will be published in a future newsletter edition. Thank you!


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