Alice B. Prefit1*, Aurora Szentagotai-Tătar2
1 Evidence-based Assessment and Psychological Interventions Doctoral School;
The International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy
and Applied Mental Health, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.
2 Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, The International Institute
for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.
In recent years, the influence of emotion-related factors on disordered eating behaviors have received a great deal of attention. Depression and difficulties in emotion regulation are important factors in development and maintaining of disordered eating behaviors. However, the mechanisms linking negative affect to disordered eating are not yet fully understood. It has been suggested that difficulties in regulating negative emotions may play a role in this relation. Therefore, our hypothesis was that difficulties in emotion regulation mediate the relationship between different disordered eating behaviors and depression. The sample consisted of 269 healthy women (mean age=23.87, SD=6.98) who filled in online measures assessing these variables. Results revealed that depression and difficulties in emotion regulation predict overall and specific disordered eating patterns (restrained, emotional and uncontrolled eating). Moreover, the relationships of depression with disordered eating overall or with specific restrained, emotional and uncontrolled eating respectively is mediated by difficulties in emotion regulation. Our data support the need for studies testing the efficacy of emotion regulation skills training in eating disorders.
Keywords: disordered eating; restrained eating; uncontrolled eating; emotional eating depression; emotion regulation difficulties
Published online: 2018/03/01
Published print: 2018/03/01
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