Date of Award:

2-2013

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Michael P Twohig

Abstract

Eating disorders have a dramatic effect on the lives of people who struggle with them, including cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems, and death. Individuals with these diagnoses are also often struggling with comorbid diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse/dependence. Building on a conceptualization of eating disorders as a means to dysfunctionally regulate negative affect and escape unwanted thoughts, psychological flexibility, the ability of a person to contact unwanted thoughts or feelings and behave without escape or avoidance, is investigated as a tool for treatment. Additionally, because quantitative analysis of the construct of psychological flexibility has often employed the use of college samples, this study employed a sample of participants drawn from a residential treatment facility dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders. Through regression and modeling, psychological flexibility demonstrates its utility in the treatment of eating disorders through its relationship with body dissatisfaction and quality of life.

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