Term of Award

Spring 2003

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)


Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Joanne S. chopak

Committee Member 1

Helen Graf

Committee Member 2

Mary Kay Lamparski

Committee Member 3

Stuart H. Tedders


Eating disorders among college women is a serious psychological problem. Disordered eating behaviors were examined and diagnosed at a mid-sized university in southeast Georgia. The target group of this study was university sororities. The purpose of this study was to examine sorority versus nonsorority women to determine if there was a higher prevalence for those involved in sororities to develop disordered eating behaviors.

Surveys were distributed to both sorority and non-sorority women to determine the prevalence of disordered eating behaviors among each group. A quantitative, quasi-experimental design was used in conjunction with the Eating Attitudes Test (Gamer & Garfmkle, 1979).

The research hypothesis stated that sorority women would demonstrate a higher prevalence of disordered eating behaviors than non-sorority women. Participants were recruited during sorority chapter meetings and class sessions. Two hundred and thirty-one surveys were utilized for the study. Both groups reported the same rate for disordered eating behaviors (20%). The results did not support the research hypothesis


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