WHDL - 00011798
WHDL - 00011798
The purpose of the present study was to identify the presence of behaviors indicative of a potential eating disorder, and correlate these behaviors with both the individual’s self esteem scores and relationship attachment style patterns in a variety of close relationships. In this study, 93 participants (65% white, 76% female) were randomly selected from university freshman small groups and surveyed using Qualtrics. Participants completed three separate, self-report instruments: a measure of eating attitudes and behaviors (EAT-26); a measure of adult attachment towards significant relational figures such as mother, father, significant other, and closest friend (ECR-RS); and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale, which evaluated self-esteem by measuring both positive and negative feelings of self-worth. Scores on a measure of maladaptive attachment towards each parent indicated that anxious attachment with the father and avoidant attachment with the mother positively predicted EAT-26 scores (r(82)=.333, p=.002; r(82)=.232, p=.033). The scores on a measure of maladaptive attachment relationships with peers indicated that anxious attachment with a close friend and avoidant attachment with a significant other both predicted the individual’s EAT-26 score (r(76)=.291, p=.01; r(74)=.284, p=.013). Self-esteem scores predicted agreement with the statement, “I am happy with my physical appearance,” (r(84)=.645, p<.001) and negatively predicted individual EAT-26 scores (r(84)=-.540, p<.001). The results of this study provide helpful insight in better understanding the role relationship attachment plays as a risk factor in the development of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.
Arete: The PLNU Honors Journal
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