M.A. in Applied Psychology and Mental Health Counseling
College of Science & Mathematics
Haugh, James A.
The purpose of the current study was to explore the cross-sectional relationship between personality, interpersonal problems, coping, and eating disorder symptomology. Participants were undergraduate students at a public university. Results indicated that personality was the strongest predictor of risk factors associated with eating disorders. Neuroticism was the strongest predictor, followed by conscientiousness, extraversion, and agreeableness. Interpersonal and coping factors significantly predicted only four risk factors associated with eating disorders. Specifically, interpersonal problems related to being cold/distant, socially inhibited, and self-sacrificing, and the coping factors of emotional social support, acceptance, denial, and instrumental social support were all significant predictors. Implications for future research exploring the etiology, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders are discussed.
Cassidy, Diane L., "Exploring the relationship among etiological factors related to eating disorders" (2003). Theses and Dissertations. 1270.