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Title: Self-referent beliefs and emotion regulation in young women with eating disorders
Author: Cosway, Richard
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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Fourteen adolescent females with eating disorders and 13 with depression were recruited from adolescent mental health services. Twenty school-based adolescent females were recruited as a non-clinical control group. In order to assess differences in dysfunctional self-referent beliefs and emotion regulation, the three groups were compared on the Young Schema Questionnaire and the Trait Meta-Mood Scale. The Beck Depression Inventory was also completed and used as a covariate in the analyses to account for the possible confounding influence of depressive symptoms. A discriminant function analysis was also conducted to see which set of variables were best able to predict group membership. The eating disorders group was significantly different from the non-clinical control group on a number of self-referent beliefs and emotion regulation variables; however, most differences did not remain when depressive symptoms were accounted for. There were differences between the two clinical groups on beliefs on unrelenting standards and mistrust and abuse. These beliefs, in addition to depressive symptoms, were found to distinguish the three groups. The eating disorder group was characterised by strong beliefs of unrelenting standards and moderate beliefs of mistrust and abuse. The depression group was characterised by very strong beliefs of mistrust and abuse. Both the clinical groups demonstrated poorer ability to perceive their emotions clearly or regulate them effectively. Results suggest adolescent females with eating disorders are characterised by perfectionistic attitudes, which may have developed in response to beliefs of mistrust and abuse. During adolescence, these perfectionist attitudes may be manifest in disordered eating.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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