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ERIC Number: ED531815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 124
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-1933-4
Maladaptive Perfectionism and Disordered Eating in College Women: The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion
Stuart, Jennifer
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
Disordered eating has been recognized as a concern on college campuses, particularly among college women. Maladaptive perfectionism has consistently been identified as a risk factor for disordered eating, and may present challenges to effective treatment and intervention. As a result, increased effort has gone into developing intervention strategies that reduce maladaptive aspects of perfectionism such as fear of evaluation, discrepancy between standards and performance, and harsh self-criticism. Self-compassion, a construct drawn from Buddhist psychology, has recently emerged as a healthy self-attitude that is negatively related to maladaptive perfectionism. Although self-compassion has been identified as a potential point of intervention in clinical settings, the relationship between self-compassion and disordered eating has not been examined. This research uses two studies to investigate the role of self-compassion in explaining disordered eating in college women, as well as its potential integration into college counseling center outreach programming. Study 1 examined the relationships among maladaptive perfectionism, mindfulness, self-compassion, and disordered eating among 173 college students (105 women, 68 men). Study 2 employed a single group pretest posttest design to investigate the effects of a one hour outreach workshop on self-compassion in a sample of eight college women. Consistent with predictions, self-compassion fully mediated the relationship between mindfulness and disordered eating and partially mediated the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and disordered eating for college women. Furthermore, self-compassion scores increased significantly over the course of a one hour outreach workshop. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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