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Title: Perfectionism as a mediator between negative attitudes towards emotional expression and disordered eating, in a community sample
Author: Kennedy , Janet
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 8992
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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1 Abstract Outcomes of previous research have been suggestive of a relationship between perfectionism and disordered eating, as well as a relationship between inhibited emotional expression and disordered eating. This internet-based study attempted to enhance our understanding of these relationships by exploring the role of perfectionism as a mediator in the relationship between negative attitudes towards emotional expression and disordered eating. As such the study was intended to examine a theory that individuals with disordered eating may believe it necessary to inhibit negative emotional expression due to their need to present as flawless. A large female community sample (N :=: 202) completed self-report measures assessing eating attitudes (EAT-26), perfectionism (APS-R) and beliefs regarding emotional expression (AEE). Both adaptive and maladaptive dimensions of perfectionism were found to have mediating role in the relationship between a variety of beliefs about emotional expression and disordered eating. Maladaptive perfectionism was found to have a particularly strong mediating role, although the strength of the associations differed dependent upon the individual attitude regarding emotional expression. The findings are discussed in relation to treatment approaches focusing upon the dichotomous thinking and self-critical styles of individuals presenting with disordered eating, as well as those treatments that attempt to restructure cognitive appraisals of emotional expression. These clinical implications are considered in the context of the recognition of a need for longitudinal prospective research to illuminate causal influences in the development of disordered eating .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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