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Emotions mediate the relationship between autistic traits and disordered eating: a new autistic-emotional model for eating pathology

Mansour, Salma, Rozenblat, Vanja, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Paganini, Chiara, Treasure, Janet and Krug, Isabel 2016, Emotions mediate the relationship between autistic traits and disordered eating: a new autistic-emotional model for eating pathology, Psychiatry research, vol. 245, pp. 119-126, doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.08.021.

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Title Emotions mediate the relationship between autistic traits and disordered eating: a new autistic-emotional model for eating pathology
Author(s) Mansour, Salma
Rozenblat, Vanja
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Paganini, Chiara
Treasure, Janet
Krug, Isabel
Journal name Psychiatry research
Volume number 245
Start page 119
End page 126
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-11-30
ISSN 1872-7123
Keyword(s) Attitudes towards emotional expression
Autism spectrum disorder
Autism spectrum quotient
Eating disorders
Emotion dysregulation
Empathising
Summary The aim of the study was to assess the extent of overlap between autistic traits, body dissatisfaction and disordered eating and to explore the mediating effects of negative attitudes towards emotional expression and emotion dysregulation. The sample comprised 416 university students (82% females, 17-48 years [M=19.76, SD=3.85]), who completed an online questionnaire assessing eating attitudes and behaviours (including dieting, bulimia and oral control), body dissatisfaction, and autistic traits (including the Autism Quotient [AQ] and its related subscales as well as the Empathising Quotient). Attitudes towards emotional expression and emotion regulation were also assessed. Results revealed that eating pathology correlated highly with all AQ subscales, with the exception of the attention to detail subscale. However, there was no significant relationship between empathising and eating pathology. Path-analyses indicated that emotion dysregulation, but not negative attitudes towards emotional expression, was a significant mediator of the relationship between AQ, body dissatisfaction and eating pathology. Direct relationships were also obtained for the AQ-bulimia and the AQ-oral control paths. Prevention and early intervention programs for eating pathology would likely benefit from addressing abnormalities in emotion processes in individuals who score highly on measures of autistic traits.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.08.021
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085999

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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