Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Human Development and Family Science

First Advisor

Dr. Raeann Hamon


There is a gap in eating disorder literature regarding the perspectives of well siblings of adolescents diagnosed with eating disorders. Research has shown that parental actions can impact the well sibling's experience of the disorder, and that parental communication about the eating disorder can benefit the well sibling. Twenty-two well siblings were studied via an online survey with particular attention to the relationship between communication about the eating disorder and the authoritative style of parenting, as well as the relationship between such communication and perceived family satisfaction. The latter relationship was found to be significant. Limitations of this study and implications for future research are discussed.


Approved for Honors in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, Messiah College, 2009.