Self-compassion and Fear of Self-Compassion as Predictors of Binge Eating Disorder Symptomatology and Obesity in a General Population Sample

About this study

Recent research suggests that an individual’s level of self-compassion, and their fear of self-compassion, may underlie eating disorder symptomatology based on the premise that the ability to show oneself kindness rather than self-criticism promotes effective emotion regulation without external input. Additionally, self-compassion has been shown to improve self-regulation and to reduce feelings of shame and body dissatisfaction among university and treatment seeking samples of females. Furthermore, interventions designed to target self compassion have been demonstrated to be effective in a predominantly female sample with mixed eating disorders.

 

However, there is limited research on self-compassion and fear of self-compassion in males with binge eating disorder symptomatology, although males comprise about 40% of those with BED (Hudson, Hiripi, Pope, & Kessler, 2007). Similarly, there is little research on the factors underlying binge eating disorder symptomatology across age and body mass index (BMI) ranges, and this is recognised as a limitation in the current academic literature that informs treatment interventions and applications.

 

Thus, the current study aims to explore self-compassion and fear of self-compassion in a general population sample that varies in age, BMI, and sex using an online survey. The findings of the present study have the potential to inform binge eating disorder treatments relevant to males and individuals who are severely overweight. 

Research TeamSamantha Evans, Prof. Lynne Harris
FormatResearch
CountryAustralia
Ethics Approval Number373010218
Funding SourceThe Australian College of Applied Psychology
Project Start Date22 February 2018
Project End Date29 July 2018
ParticipantsIndividuals may participate in the research if they are:
a) over the age of 18 years and;
b) currently living in Australia.
Whats InvolvedIf individuals decide to participate, they can do so by completing the online survey.
It is anticipated that the survey will take participants no longer than 30 minutes to complete. By participating in this study, participants will be offered the opportunity to enter into a draw to win one of five $50 JB HiFi gift cards.
LocationOnline
Contact Details

https://www.facebook.com/SEvansresearch2018/

Samantha Evans - E: 222220@my.acap.edu.au

Professor Lynne Harris - E: Lynne.Harris@acap.edu.au

 

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