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Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Jan;45(1):43-50. doi: 10.1002/eat.20897. Epub 2011 Feb 14.

Examining the interpersonal model of binge eating and loss of control over eating in women.

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Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. emily.ansell@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the interpersonal model of binge eating (Wilfley et al., Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Group, New York: Basic Books, 2000; Wilfley et al., Arch Gen Psychiatry, 8, 713-721, 2002; Elliott et al., Behav Res Ther, 48, 424-428, 2010) which posits that interpersonal problems lead to negative affect which, in turn, triggers disordered eating.

METHOD:

The model was tested using data from 350 women obtained via an internet assessment method. Analyses examined direct and indirect effects, via depressive/negative affect, of interpersonal problems, including domains of affiliation and dominance on loss of control over eating, binge eating, and eating disorder psychopathology.

RESULTS:

Interpersonal problems showed significant effects on binge eating and eating disorder psychopathology that were statistically mediated by depressive/negative affect. Affiliation showed significant effects on binge eating and eating disorder psychopathology with low affiliation effects statistically mediated by depressive/negative affect and high affiliation effects independent of depressive/negative affect.

DISCUSSION:

These findings support the interpersonal model of binge eating and highlight the importance of examining specific types of interpersonal problems in understanding heterogeneity of individuals with eating disorder psychopathology.

PMID:
21321985
PMCID:
PMC3582661
DOI:
10.1002/eat.20897
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