Family connectedness and sexual minority Asian Americans' eating behavior regulation

Thomas P. Le, Shahmir H. Ali, Annabelle L. Atkin, Terence H.W. Ching, Annamaria Csizmadia, Nguyen K. Tran, Ralph J. DiClemente

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To date, psychosocial and interpersonal protective factors such as family connectedness have received little attention in studies of eating behaviors among sexual minority Asian Americans. Therefore, we investigated associations of family connectedness and two types of eating behavior regulation motives and the moderating role of individualism in these associations among 134 sexual minority Asian American young adults. Linear regression models assessed the main and interaction effects of family connectedness and individualism on introjected and identified eating behavior regulation motives. We observed a significant interaction effect between family connectedness and individualism only on introjected regulation. For participants with low levels of individualism, those who reported high levels of family connectedness had lower scores for introjected regulation of eating behavior. The findings of this study highlight the importance of examining strengths related to sexual minority Asian Americans by demonstrating the important role family connectedness plays in eating behavior regulation motives, particularly for those with lower individualism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101817
JournalEating Behaviors
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • Asian Americans
  • Eating behaviors
  • Family connectedness
  • Individualism
  • Sexual minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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