The relationship between self-compassion and disordered eating behaviors : body dissatisfaction, perfectionism, and contingent self-worth as mediators

dc.contributor.advisorNeff, Kristinen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBigler, Rebeccaen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDrum, Daveen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFalbo, Tonien
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRochlen, Aaronen
dc.creatorFinley-Straus, Angela Danielleen
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-30T20:01:29Zen
dc.date.available2012-01-30T20:01:29Zen
dc.date.issued2011-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011en
dc.date.updated2012-01-30T20:01:36Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe concept of self-compassion has been gathering interest for researchers in recent years, as it appears to offer an array of benefits to wellbeing. This study investigated the potential role of self-compassion as a protective factor against disordered eating behaviors. It also examined the mediating roles of three potential variables: body dissatisfaction, perfectionism and contingent self-worth. Given modern representations of the female ideal, failure to achieve or adequately conform to such standards often poses psychological challenges for women and girls. Self-compassion encompasses kind, mindful self-treatment and may be an ideal protective factor against disordered eating. It has also been linked with lower body dissatisfaction, maladaptive perfectionism, and contingent self-worth. The present study found that dissatisfaction with one’s body, as well as a tendency to judge one’s personal worth based on appearance fully mediated the relationship between self-compassion and both restrained and emotional disordered eating respectively. Therefore, a self-compassionate attitude may serve as a protective factor against engaging in disordered eating vis-à-vis strengthening young women’s abilities to look at their bodies in a more compassionate and unconditionally accepting way.en
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychologyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4838en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4838en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectSelf-compassionen
dc.subjectDisordered eatingen
dc.subjectMediationen
dc.subjectPerfectionismen
dc.subjectContingent self-worthen
dc.subjectBody dissatisfactionen
dc.subjectTreatmenten
dc.subjectPreventionen
dc.subjectEating disordersen
dc.subjectEmotional eatingen
dc.subjectRestrained eatingen
dc.subjectAdolescenceen
dc.subjectYoung adulthooden
dc.subjectCollege-ageen
dc.titleThe relationship between self-compassion and disordered eating behaviors : body dissatisfaction, perfectionism, and contingent self-worth as mediatorsen
dc.title.alternativeBody dissatisfaction, perfectionism, and contingent self-worth as mediatorsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Psychologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Psychologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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