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Do Maladaptive Cognitions Mediate the Relationship between Perceived Parental Influences and Eating Behavior Among College Women?

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Title: Do Maladaptive Cognitions Mediate the Relationship between Perceived Parental Influences and Eating Behavior Among College Women?
Creators: Iannantuono, Amy
Advisor: Tylka, Tracy
Issue Date: 2008-03
Abstract: Studies have shown that disordered eating is usually accompanied by other psychological disturbances that involve maladaptive cognitions such as perfectionism, depressive symptomatology, and negative affect. Evidence has been presented linking parental influences to these other maladaptive cognitions, showing a possible mediational relationship through maladaptive cognitions between parental influences and eating behavior. The present study is a preliminary investigation of this hypothesis. Specifically, parental influences to personality (i.e., attachment avoidance and anxiety) and eating behavior (i.e., family food rules) were expected to predict maladaptive cognitions (i.e., depression, negative affect, and maladaptive perfectionism) which were then expected to predict disordered eating. Among 107 women, all three parental influences predicted at least form of maladaptive cognitions, with attachment anxiety predicting all three. Depression and maladaptive perfectionism, in turn, predicted disordered eating. Implications for therapy to include parental influences for eating disordered clients are discussed.
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Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2008
Keywords: Eating behavior
College women
Description: This thesis was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with distinction in Psychology.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/31787
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