Eating behaviour, drug use, psychopathology and parental bonding in adolescents in Norway

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1991 Oct;84(4):387-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1991.tb03164.x.


A 12-item version of the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-12) was constructed and applied at 1-year intervals in a non-referred cohort of 1193 adolescents in Norway aged 13-18 years. Eight percent of the girls scored beyond the chosen cut-off point of 9/10 the first time and 9% the second time. Factor analysis demonstrated 3 factors--dieting, bulimia and food preoccupation and oral control. Both the total scores on the EAT-12 and the 3 different factor scores showed a significant relationship between eating behaviour and smoking, level of alcohol consumption, alcohol intoxication, psychopathology and parental bonding.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
  • Bulimia / psychology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Norway
  • Object Attachment*
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Tests
  • Psychopathology
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*