The sociocultural model of eating disorders in Mexican American women: behavioral acculturation and cognitive marginalization as moderators. Academic Article uri icon


  • White American cultural values of appearance are implicated in the development of body dissatisfaction. This study examined whether the relationships between awareness of White American appearance ideals, internalization of such ideals, and body dissatisfaction are moderated by behavioral acculturation and attitudinal marginalization in a sample of 94 Mexican American women. Results indicated that behavioral acculturation moderated the relationship between awareness and internalization and cognitive marginalization moderated the relationship between internalization and body dissatisfaction. Body size was positively correlated with body dissatisfaction and negatively correlated with behavioral acculturation. These findings have important implications for clinical practice and research with Mexican American women.

published proceedings

  • Eat Disord

author list (cited authors)

  • Warren, C. S., Castillo, L. G., & Gleaves, D. H.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Warren, Cortney S||Castillo, Linda G||Gleaves, David H

publication date

  • December 2010