Moderating effects of perceived parental empathy in the relationship between depression and eating problems in male adolescents

남자 청소년의 우울과 섭식문제의 관계에서 지각된 부모 공감의 조절효과

  • Received : 2017.10.18
  • Accepted : 2017.12.20
  • Published : 2017.12.28


The purpose of this study was to examine the moderating effect of perceived parental empathy in the relationship between adolescent depression and eat problem. For this purpose, we conducted a hierarchical regression analysis for 246 middle and high school boys in the K region. As a result, the relationship between eating problem and depression was controlled by parental sympathy. As a result of analyzing the moderating effects of sub- factors of parental sympathy, in the case of the father, awareness of emotion, cold emotional reaction, and excessive emotional reaction showed moderating effects. And in mothers, awareness of emotion, perspective taking, cold emotional reaction, and excessive emotional reaction moderated the relationship between eating problem and depression. It is significant that this study confirmed that the empathy of parents perceived by adolescents is a control variable to mitigate the adverse effects of depression on eating problems.


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