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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: June | Volume: 8 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 210-215

A Comparative Study to Assess Prevalence of Eating Behavior and Self Esteem among Female Students of General and Professional Courses of Selected Colleges of Ambala, Haryana

Ms. Bhawna Sharma1, Virender2, Priyanka John2, Yavika2, Vidisha2, Saima2, Veena2, Muskan2, Dr. Mrs. Jyoti Sarin2

1Nursing Tutor, Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana, Ambala, Haryana
2Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana, Ambala, Haryana

Corresponding Author: Ms. Bhawna Sharma


Eating behaviour is a complex interplay of psychological, social and genetic factors that influence meal timing, quantity of food intake, food preferences and food selection.
Materials and Methods: The research approach adopted for this study was quantitative research approach (non-experimental) and the design used was descriptive comparative research design. The convenient sampling technique was used to select 522 female students of general and professional courses comprises of 261 each.
The tool used for data collection was personal variables, eating behavior scale was used to assess prevalence of eating behaviour, Sorenson Self esteem test was used to assess self esteem among female students. Bio physiological measurement and Paper pencil technique was used for data collection and data obtained were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. 
Results: The mean eating behavior score among general courses was 42 and 46.2 among professional courses. The computed t value (1.96) (p value= 0.04) shows significant difference between eating behavior among female students of general population.
The mean self esteem of general courses (25) and professional courses mean (18) were having the mean difference of 6.2. The computed t-value=22.5 shows significant difference between the self esteem among female students of general and professional courses, which was found to be statistically significant i.e. t= 1.96.
The coefficient of correlation between eating behaviour and self esteem of female students of general courses was 0.47 showing a moderate positive correlation between eating behaviour and self esteem and it was statistically significant at 0.05 level of significance.

Key words: Eating behaviour, Self esteem, prevalence, general courses, professional courses.

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