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Obesity and Mental Health in Adolescents

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dc.contributor.advisor Schlundt, David G.
dc.contributor.author Levy, Jordan (Jordan Elizabeth)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T15:27:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T15:27:29Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5084
dc.description This thesis was completed under the requirements of the Vanderbilt Honors Psychology program under the guidance of David Schlundt, PhD. It is a study on the relationship between obesity and depression, conduct disorder, and substance abuse in adolescents using the 2008 Study of Adolescent Health. en_US
dc.description.abstract The study examined the relationship between obesity and depression, conduct disorder, and substance abuse in adolescents using data from the 2008 National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Depression at baseline was associated with higher overall z-BMI over time, and display of antisocial behavior at baseline was associated with higher overall z-BMI at baseline but lower overall z-BMI at wave 4. There was no significant association between substance abuse and obesity. Risk factors for adult obesity include being male, having little social support, being sedentary, being Latino, being black, being American-Indian, and perceiving oneself as either overweight or very overweight at baseline. Protective factors against adult obesity include being Asian, perceiving oneself as being at the right weight at baseline, trying to gain or maintain weight, eating two or more servings of vegetables daily, and having a positive outlook on life. The results of the study suggest that mental health interventions as well as nutritional and physical activity interventions may be needed in the primary prevention of obesity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject add health en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Obesity in adolescence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Substance use en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Conduct disorders in adolescence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Depression in adolescence en_US
dc.title Obesity and Mental Health in Adolescents en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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