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Title: An exploratory study investigating irritable bowel symptoms, associated unhelpful thoughts, adult attachment, emotional distress and disordered eating
Author: Culverwell, Gemma
ISNI:       0000 0004 5351 0119
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2014
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are related to disordered eating and eating disorders. These constructs have many commonalities, including a number of psychological factors. This review examines the psychological factors associated with IBS and its associated GI symptoms; and eating pathology. A systematic search of four databases was conducted and resulted in eight studies which were quality assessed and reviewed. Parental mental health; parental alcohol misuse; parental functional gastrointestinal disorders; parental separation; neuroticism; unhelpful cognitive processes; depression; anxiety; feeling sad and confused; and somatisation were found to be related to IBS, GI symptoms (associated with IBS) and eating pathology. These findings are critically discussed alongside the studies’ methodological limitations. Clinical implications and ideas for future research are suggested.
Supervisor: Sellwood, Bill; Reilly, James; Winter, Emma Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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