Implications of accuracy, sensitivity, and variability of body size estimations to disordered eating

Mussap, Alexander J., McCabe, Marita P. and Ricciardelli, Lina A. 2008, Implications of accuracy, sensitivity, and variability of body size estimations to disordered eating, Body image, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 80-90.

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Title Implications of accuracy, sensitivity, and variability of body size estimations to disordered eating
Author(s) Mussap, Alexander J.
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Journal name Body image
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 80
End page 90
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) body image
body size estimation
body image variability
eating disorders
women
Summary The current study was conducted to investigate the relationships between body size estimations and disordered eating symptomatology. The method of constant stimuli was used to derive three measures of self-perceived body size in 93 women: (1) accuracy of body size estimations (body image distortion); (2) sensitivity in discriminating body size within blocks of trials (body image sensitivity); and (3) variability in making body size estimations between blocks of trials (body image variability). Participants also completed measures of disordered eating. Although body image distortion correlated with dietary restraint and eating concern, body image variability accounted for additional variance in these variables, as well as variance in binge eating. The relationships involving body image variability were found to be mediated by body dissatisfaction and internalization of the thin ideal. Together, these results are consistent with the proposition that body image variability is a significant factor in disordered eating.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017415

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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