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J Clin Psychol. 2009 Sep;65(9):989-99. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20586.

Eating disorder behaviors and depression: a minimal relationship beyond social comparison, self-esteem, and body dissatisfaction.

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Cornell College, Department of Psychology, Mt. Vernon, IA 52314, USA. mgreen@cornellcollege.edu

Abstract

Existing literature fails to comprehensively identify factors contributing to the comorbid relationship between eating disorder (ED) behaviors and unipolar depression. Maladaptive social comparison, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem are disruptive psychological patterns common to both constructs. It is unclear whether a unique relationship exists between depression and eating disorder behaviors beyond the effects exerted by this negative cognitive triad. The purpose of the present study is to examine whether a unique relationship exists between depression and ED behaviors after controlling for maladaptive social comparison, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem. We predict minimal unique variance in ED behaviors will be explained by depression after controlling for this negative cognitive triad.

PMID:
19388056
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.20586
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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