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ERIC Number: EJ792368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Moderators of the Body Dissatisfaction-Eating Disorder Symptomatology Relationship: Replication and Extension
Brannan, Megan E.; Petrie, Trent A.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v55 n2 p263-275 Apr 2008
In this study, research conducted by T. L. Tylka (2004) was replicated and extended by examining perfectionism (self-oriented and socially prescribed), ego goal orientation, body surveillance, and neuroticism as moderators of the relationship between body dissatisfaction and bulimic and anorexic symptomatology among female undergraduates (N = 398). Hierarchical moderated regression was used to test the main and interactive effects of the models and to control for physical size and social desirability. As expected, body dissatisfaction was strongly related to the measures of disordered eating, accounting for 16% to 26% of the variance. Two variables (neuroticism and body surveillance) received support as moderators of the relationships between body dissatisfaction and bulimic and anorexic symptoms. Ego goal orientation and socially prescribed perfectionism moderated the effects of body dissatisfaction on bulimic symptoms, whereas self-oriented perfectionism served as a moderator only for anorexic symptoms. In all instances, higher levels of body dissatisfaction paired with higher levels of the moderator were associated with more disturbed eating. (Contains 5 tables, 7 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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