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ERIC Number: ED317937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Attribution and Eating Disorders: An Investigation of the Attribution Styles of College Women.
Forsyth, John P.; And Others
Current research on eating disorders places considerable emphasis upon cognitive components of those disorders. The possibility of a specific eating disorder attributional style is suggested by attributional analyses of clinical depression. This study was conducted to examine attributional style and eating disorders among 55 college women who completed the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) and a newly-created Eating Disorder Attribution Style Scale (EDASS) which assessed attributions to interpersonal and noninterpersonal success and failure scenarios on four attribution dimensions: locus of control, controllability, globality, and intensity. Results of a Pearson-product correlational analysis showed some relationship between attribution ratings on the EDASS and scores on the EDI, supporting a possible connection between eating disorders and a distinct attributional style. Furthermore, it appears that success and failure, rather than interpersonal and noninterpersonal situations, account for the differences in attributional ratings on the EDASS. Results are interpreted with caution because of the lack of a true clinical sample of eating-disordered women. References are included. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Eating Disorder Inventory