Emotion Dysregulation: The Development and Maintenance of Eating Disorders

About this study

La Trobe University is investigating how and why Eating Disorder symptoms may develop in women, across the range of symptom severity.

The aim of this project is to examine a model of eating disorders which suggests that individuals may use eating (e.g., binge eating) and weight control behaviours (e.g., the use of laxatives) to regulate emotions. This project will consider how several factors may explain how difficulties in emotion regulation develop, and how this may then result in an eating disorder. More specifically, the study will examine how parent’s reactions to emotion expression, emotion vulnerability, perfectionism, relationships in adulthood, and difficulties regulating emotions contribute to eating disorder symptoms.

Research TeamMs Amanda Hurley (student researchers), Dr Lynette Evans (supervisor)
InstitutionLa Trobe University
Funding SourceLa Trobe University
Project Start Date8 October 2018
Project End Date3 October 2023
ParticipantsParticipants: The study seeks to recruit women over the age of 18 years who are currently living in Australia. You do not need to have a previous or current diagnosis of an Eating Disorder to participate in this study. The study is seeking to recruit individuals without a history of an Eating Disorder, those who may experience symptoms, and those with a current or previous diagnosis.
Whats InvolvedWhat is involved in participation: Participants will be asked to complete a survey online, which will ask individuals to complete for individuals to complete several questionnaires. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes in total, and will cover several topics. Participants will be asked about perfectionism, their parent’s responses to emotional expression in childhood, their current relationships, vulnerabilities to difficulties regulation emotions, how they currently manage emotions, and eating disorder symptoms. Participants will also be asked a series of demographic questions.

Participants may experience an emotional reaction to the content of the survey. The contact details of several services will be provided should participants experience an emotional reaction to the content of the study (e.g., the phone number of Lifeline). Please be aware that this study does not include treatment for Eating Disorder symptoms.

Participants who would like to be involved in future research projects, may also provide their personal contact details anonymously from their questionnaire responses.
Contact Details

Amanda Hurley, email: 19307511@students.latrobe.edu.au

See also

A preliminary study of momentary, naturalistic indicators of binge-eating episodes in adults with obesity

Objectives Binge eating is common in adults with obesity.

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