alexa Psychological well-being and the body dissatisfaction-bulimic symptomatology relationship: an examination of moderators.


International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology

Author(s): Brannan ME, Petrie TA

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Abstract Research has examined psychological moderators of the body dissatisfaction-bulimic symptomatology relationship, but the focus has been on variables thought to worsen the relationship. In this study, we examined self-esteem, optimism, satisfaction with life, and self-determination as potential buffers. Participants were 847 female undergraduates. Using hierarchical multiple regression (HMR), we controlled for the influences of social desirability and body mass index on bulimic symptomomatology and then determined the main and interactive effects of body dissatisfaction and each moderator. Self-determination, optimism, self-esteem, and satisfaction with life all buffered the deleterious effects of body dissatisfaction, such that when levels of the moderators were high, the relationship between body dissatisfaction and bulimic symptomatology was weakest. Knowing what psychological variables moderate women's body dissatisfaction can assist psychologists and other health professionals in developing effective treatments for lessening disordered eating among women. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Eat Behav and referenced in International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology

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