Master of Science
Idia B Thurston
Melloni N Cook
Black youth with high body weights (BYHW; BMI ≥ 95th percentile) endure unique stressors that may contribute to psychopathology, but more research is needed on factors associated with fewer stress-related reactions among these youth. Utilizing linear regression modeling and controlling for youth BMIz scores, the current study examined how resilience and weight-related quality of life were associated with stress-related reactions as reported by 32 treatment-seeking BYHW (Mage = 14.19; MBMIZ = 2.59) and one of their primary caregivers (N = 64). Findings showed that dyadic differences exist in what BYHW and their caregivers perceive as associated with youth stress-related reactions. Such knowledge could be harnessed in the development of strengths-based interventions to address stress-related reactions in BYHW. Given that this study was cross-sectional and included a small sample size, future research should utilize a longitudinal design to assess these variables across multiple time points, and specifically examine directionality.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.
Campbell, Kaytryn Doreese, "Dyadic Differences in the Perception of Stress-Related Reactions among Black Youth with High Body Weights" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3233.