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ERIC Number: EJ1048395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Insecure Attachment and Eating Pathology in Early Adolescence: Role of Emotion Regulation
van Durme, Kim; Braet, Caroline; Goossens, Lien
Journal of Early Adolescence, v35 n1 p54-78 Jan 2015
The present study investigated whether associations exist between attachment dimensions toward mother and different forms of eating pathology (EP) in a group of early adolescent boys and girls, and whether these associations were mediated by maladaptive emotion regulation (ER) strategies. Developmentally appropriate self-report questionnaires were administered to a community sample of 952 early adolescents (X[bar][subscript age] = 12.19, 54.6% female). The results demonstrated associations between the insecure attachment dimensions and the different forms of EP. Moreover, the relationships between both attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance toward mother on the one hand and restraint and EP concerns on the other hand, were partially mediated by maladaptive ER. These results assign an important role to maladaptive ER, in explaining the relationship between insecure attachment and EP. Future longitudinal research should replicate and elaborate on these findings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands