IRAP: implicit and explicit self-loathing and perfectionistic verbal relations and their longitudinal prediction of disordered eating

Tetley, Amanda, Moghaddam, Nima, Dawson, Dave and Rennoldson, Mike (2013) IRAP: implicit and explicit self-loathing and perfectionistic verbal relations and their longitudinal prediction of disordered eating. In: 3rd International Relational Frame Theory Conference, 29-31 August 2013, Upsalla, Sweden.

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Since the 1970s there has been much interest in the precipitants of disordered eating (DE). Recently, it has been suggested that DE might occur as a result of a pervasive negative view of the self and high standards for self-achievement. However, previous studies are limited by; (1) their use of cross-sectional designs, (2) their sole reliance on self-report measures of beliefs, and (3) their failure to assess the possibility that self-beliefs interact with social modelling to predict the onset of disordered eating. The objective of this study was to determine the extent to which implicit (as measured by the IRAP) and explicitly-measured self-loathing, and high-standard beliefs could prospectively and differentially predict DE in an at-risk group of female students, particularly given that recent studies suggest that disordered eating behaviours reliably increase in females during their first year of university study.

Non-randomised longitudinal study.

Participants (currently approximately 50) were recruited at the start of their first year term of university and asked to complete a baseline battery of assessments: (1) the IRAP with stimuli designed to reflect self-loathing and high standards for self (adapted from established explicit questionnaires), (2) the Eating Disorder-Core Beliefs Questionnaire, (3) the Eating Attitudes Test (4) the Disordered Eating Modelling Scale, (5) the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales, (6) a brief demographic questionnaire, and (7) an assessment of their height and weight. At time two (six months later), participants were asked to complete an identical assessment battery and a second assessment of their height and weight, and were fully debriefed.

Results & Conclusions
The data and results are currently being prepared for publication, but will be discussed at the meeting in relation to disordered eating and implicit measurement more broadly.

Keywords:eating disorder, IRAP, implicit beliefs
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:27 Nov 2013 14:43

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