Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Counseling & Human Services
Danica G. Hays
Rebecca E. Michel
Eating disorders have the capability of causing significant effects on a person's psychological and physical health. The average onset of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is 19 and 20 years, respectively, making college students a vulnerable population (National Institute of Mental Health, n.d.). Female college students choosing to participate in Greek life are at an even greater risk for disordered eating (Basow, Foran, & Bookwala, 2007). Using semi-structured interviews and photography, this phenomenological study examined the overall experiences of 10 sorority members' lived experiences with various disordered eating behaviors as well as how these women perceived their sorority sisters' eating behaviors. The primary researcher collected data using individual interviews and photography. The results of this study identified two structural codes: sorority culture and influence, as well as nine textural codes. The findings of this study may be beneficial for college counselors working with this population to understand the sorority culture as well as the possible influences and pressure these women experience with respect to eating behaviors.
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Kirk, Andrea J..
"Examining Disordered Eating Amongst Sorority Women"
(2015). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Counseling & Human Services, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/vc24-1t09