The Hong Kong Journal of Sports Medicine and Sports

Volume XIII, November 2001

A path analysis of attitudes toward eating, perfectionism, and mood states of dancers

Merav Nagel
National Autonomous University of Mexico

The study was designed to examine the relationships among the mood states, eating attitudes, and perfectionism. Female college dancers (N = 168) from Massachusetts and Connecticut responded to three questionnaires: (a) the Eating Attitude Test (EAT); (b) the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (MPS); and (c) the Profile of Mood States (POMS). A statistical analysis of two different path models was employed to determine the relationship among scores on the three questionnaires. Positive relationships were found among all tested variables. As the 'Perfectionism' scores on the MPS increased in college dancers, the 'Total Eat Score' on the EAT and the Global Mood Score on the POMS also increased. In addition, as 'Perfectionism' scores on the MPS increased, the 'Total Eat Score' on the EAT and the mood state subscale scores on the POMS also increased. Recommendations for testing alternative models and modification of the models tested in this study are suggested for further research.

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