Date of Award

2011

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Thomas, Cheryl (Psychology)

Keywords

Psychology, Clinical.

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

Although it is well established that neuroticism is associated with many psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders, little is known about the mechanism through which they are related. The purpose of this two-stage study was to test three models to determine if stress and coping might help explain this relationship. In the first stage, female undergraduates (119), an at-risk population for eating disorders, completed the NEO PI-R, the EDI-3, the YA-FILES, and the CISS. In the second stage of the study, participants completed daily records of perceived stress, chosen coping strategies, and change in daily eating habits for a period of two weeks. Previous relationships between neuroticism, eating disorder risk, and coping styles were supported. Neither stress, nor coping style explained the relationship between neuroticism and eating disorder risk, although neuroticism partially mediated the relationship between retrospective recall of stress and eating disorder risk. Possible explanations are discussed.

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