Team-Level Approaches to Addressing Disordered Eating: A Qualitative Study of Two Female Collegiate Cross Country Running Teams

  • Kroshus E
  • Goldman R
  • Kubzansky L
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The objective of this study was to consider strategies used by two similarly competitive female collegiate cross country running teams to address teammate eating behaviors perceived to be unhealthy and problematic. Data were obtained through semi-structured individual interviews with team members (n = 35). Teams differed in how they addressed problematic eating behaviors: members of one team described a collaborative, positive, team-focused and direct approach, while the most commonly described strategy for the other team was to do nothing. Possible contextual and compositional reasons for between-team differences and implications for prevention and detection of disordered eating among female athletes are discussed.

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  • Emily KroshusSeattle Children's Research Institute

  • Roberta E. Goldman

  • Laura D. Kubzansky

  • S. Bryn Austin

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