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Title: Eating disorders in men and mindfulness interventions
Author: Chen, Cliff
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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Eating disorders are distressing and sometimes life-threatening disorders. As many as half of the people who seek treatment fail to benefit from current first-line psychological interventions. The emerging evidence base for mindfulness-based interventions for eating disorders was reviewed to establish the effectiveness of these interventions. Group mindfulness-based interventions were effective for eating disorders, with or without eo- morbid disorders, but maintenance of treatment effects was limited. Mindfulness-based interventions provide additional treatment options for eating disorders, especially for more complex cases. However, there is currently a lack of high-quality empirical studies. Eating disorders in men are on the increase. The empirical study investigated relationships between parental bonding, maladaptive schemas, core beliefs, and eating disorder symptoms in a non-clinical sample of men. Two hundred and forty six men completed online versions of standardised questionnaires. Parental bonding was not a significant predictor of eating disorder symptoms; while the schemas Vulnerability to harm, Unrelenting standards, Enmeshment, Emotional Deprivation and Insufficient self- control, and the core beliefs High standards for self, and Abandonment/Isolation were significant predictors of eating disorder symptoms in the sample. Schemas and core beliefs are important cognitive variables in the development of eating disorders in men.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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